Sacramento police have arrested two suspects in the brazen robbery of a food vendor during the State Fair two years ago, a heist that police now say netted more than $200,000.
Antonio Terrance Harvey, 52, and Gene Irvin Felder, 34, were arrested Thursday in Sacramento 27 months after the vendor's cash-counting room at Cal Expo was robbed at gunpoint shortly after the State Fair had closed for the night.
The men, both Sacramento residents, were booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday and held without bail. They are scheduled to appear in Sacramento Superior Court at 1:30 p.m. Monday. Each faces one felony conspiracy count and three felony counts of robbery.
In the robbery on July 21, 2010, two armed robbers entered a room where the day's receipts for Ovations Food Services were being counted.
There was no security where the cash was being collected at the upper level of the grandstand used for horse racing crowds at Cal Expo. And there was no video surveillance.
The robbers left with the money stuffed into a plastic bag. Estimates of the company's loss at the time were about $100,000.
The suspects' arrests capped what appears to have been a long investigation by Sacramento and Cal Expo police forces.
"We're very excited about finally being able to bring the parties responsible to justice in this case," Cal Expo police Sgt. Larry Menard said. "It was a long time coming."
A day after the crime, police said they had identified suspects in the case. On Friday, police declined to give many details about the intervening two years.
The case is ongoing, said Sacramento Police Department spokesman Officer Doug Morse, adding that investigators still believe others have links to the crime.
"Often in investigations we know who is involved and who may be responsible early on," Morse said. "But it could be a long time before enough evidence and information is gained to prove that someone is responsible for that crime. That's what happened in this case."
In their investigation, authorities said they looked for large amounts of money either deposited into banks or spent in the area.
A crucial lead in the case apparently came soon after the robbery.
Police accounts at the time said both robbers wore uniforms of the food service company and carried guns into the cash-counting room.
Harvey was an employee of the food service company and had access to the room.
Shortly after the robbery, Harvey was on a street in North Sacramento, duct tape on him, when he flagged down an officer from the Twin Rivers Unified School District police force, according to Cal Expo's Menard.
Harvey reported that he had been kidnapped and his keys to the Cal Expo cash room stolen, Menard said.
The sergeant said Harvey's story was determined to be fake, leading to speculation that he was involved in the robbery.
Felder fell under suspicion as a result of the police investigation of Harvey, Menard said.
During the investigation, Felder appeared occasionally in court on other matters.
In September 2010, he pleaded no contest to one felony count of evading a police officer in connection with two misdemeanors: driving without a license and driving while under the influence.
He was sentenced to up to a year in jail, although court records do not say how much of that time he spent behind bars.
He was back in court Oct. 3 this year after pleading no contest to driving with a blood-alcohol content above the legal limit and driving without a license, both misdemeanors. He received shorter sentences for those offenses.
Sacramento police urge anyone with information in the case to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.