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Armed men rob State Fair craft beer exhibit of tens of thousands, tie up victims

September 3, 2014

By Paul Walsh, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)



Sept. 03--Armed robbers struck the State Fair craft beer exhibit after hours late last week, tying up their victims and fleeing with at least $10,000, authorities said Wednesday.

The robbery at the Agriculture Horticulture Building's craft beer exhibit was reported at 11:15 p.m. Friday to State Fair police dispatch, said police spokeswoman Brooke Blakey. No arrests have been made.

Blakey said there have been robberies over the years at the fair, but this is the first involving a weapon. She did not disclose what type of weapon was used.

Both victims at the exhibit were bound by the robbers, she said. She added that "several suspects" are being pursued, but police have yet to release any descriptions.

"A large amount was taken" after the exhibit's closing time of 9 p.m., Blakey said. "[Police] don't have a concrete figure, but [it was] $10,000-plus."

"That's a bummer," said Jason Medvec, president of Big Wood Brewery in White Bear Lake and head of marketing head of marketing for the craft beer exhibit, who was out of town this past weekend. "We're still collecting information."

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call State Fair police at 651-288-4502.

This was the third year at the fair for the beer exhibit, which was put on by the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild. Along with selling beer at the fair, the exhibit also detailed the brewing process, from the farm to the glass.

The State Fair police force patrols the grounds year-round, and the department "grows tremendously during fair time" thanks to other officers from around the state coming aboard.

Paul Walsh -- 612-673-4482

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