Teens arrested in connection with fair grounds vandalism

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 10:13am

The Louisiana State Fair has been in the same place for 105 years. It's the first time it's seen vandalism like this, says President Chris Giordano. "We've had sporadic little vandalism issues here and there over the years, but nothing really serious in many, many years. This latest influx of vandalism...is kind of out of the norm for us."

It began last weekend, when suspect snuck into the grounds, breaking glass from ticket windows and smashing a window near the livestock pens. Not even the milking room escaped damage after the suspects stole a golf cart and rammed it through the gates.

So when fair employees saw a group of teens slip onto the property Monday night, they called police. Officials don't know if the teens in custody are responsible for last weekend's damage, but they've been linked to other recent crimes in the area, including the assault of a homeless man on the 3500 block of Jewella Avenue.

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