Some years ago, while the California State Fair was open in Sacramento, there was a robbery of the fair operating funds collected from vendors, admission, parking and other revenue. What happened, and were there any arrests or charges?
– Sacboi, Sacramento
Antonio Terrence Harvey and Gene Irvin Felder were arrested in October 2012, 27 months after the armed robbery in a vendor’s cash-counting room.
The heist, according to police, netted more than $200,000.
Harvey, 53, and Felder, 36, are in Sacramento County Jail, each charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit a crime. According to Sacramento Superior Court online records, their trial is to begin Monday.
According to stories in The Bee, shortly after the fair closed for the night 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.
A day after the crime, police said they had identified suspects in the case, but the arrests came more than two years later.
Police said at the time that 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 firm and had access to the room.
Shortly after the robbery, according to Cal Expo officials, Harvey, with duct tape on him, flagged down an officer from the Twin Rivers Unified School District police force on a North Sacramento Street. He reported that he had been kidnapped and his keys to the Cal Expo cash room had been stolen.
Police determined that Harvey’s story was fake, leading to speculation that he was involved in the robbery.
Felder reportedly fell under suspicion as a result of the police investigation of Harvey.
Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.