Police: Armed Robbers at Minnesota State Fair Flee with $10K

Updated: 09/03/2014 7:27 AM
Created: 09/02/2014 9:37 PM
By: Tim Sherno

A popular beer booth at the Minnesota State Fair was robbed last Friday night.

The State Fair Police say the suspect was armed and the victims' hands were bound behind their backs.
The robbery occurred at the Minnesota Craft Beer booth in the Agriculture building. According to State Fair Police Public Information Officer Brooke Blakey, at least two suspects took more than $10,000. Blakey says police believe the victims were able to free themselves and call for help within 10 minutes.

"We know that, by witness accounts, that the suspects did flee on foot and left the grounds," he said.

While the fair grounds close at 11 p.m., the Agriculture building closes at 9 p.m. Typically, vendors begin preparing for the next day's business. The suspects struck when the building was closed to the public, restraining at least one person who had been working in the booth and a beer supplier.

Police say this is the first robbery of its kind at the Minnesota State Fair.

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