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State Fair ride worker charged with stealing, reselling tickets

Posted October 20, 2014

Jorge Perez-Martinez

— A worker for a North Carolina State Fair ride company has been arrested and charged with stealing ride tickets and reselling them, according to authorities.

Jorge Augusto Perez-Martinez, 20, was charged with larceny by an employee and obtaining property by false pretenses.

Authorities said an undercover officer discovered the alleged scheme.

Andrea Ashby, a spokeswoman for the State Fair, said the fair makes no money from ride sales and that any alleged embezzlement affects the ride company and not the fair. 


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  • 678devilish Oct 21, 2014

    He should have been charged. Sure he knew the tickets were stolen. Why do you think he was trying to sell them to get rid of them!

  • Itsmyopinion67 Oct 21, 2014

    Do you think he knew the tickets were stolen?

  • Karen Orndorff Oct 21, 2014
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    Buy all your tickets online and you don't have this problem.

  • ncouterbanks69 Oct 21, 2014

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    Is there much difference in assuming he is not and assuming he is? Not really......the safe assumption is the most likely and those in reality know which one that is.

  • Itsmyopinion67 Oct 21, 2014

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    OR...don't go. OR...save your money. OR....get another job.

  • Progressiveredneck Oct 21, 2014

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    Just one reason most of the civilized population avoids the great time to be had at the fair.

  • Tarheel Takeover Oct 21, 2014

    This isn't news. This happens every year. This has been going on 20+ years that I know off. Catch a worker on his break, and he'll give you a great deal on tickets. I don't know Mr. Perez, but I'll be the first to say, Thanks for helping (or at least trying to help) someone out so they don't go broke at the fair.

  • disgusted2010 Oct 21, 2014

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    BUT yet they are allowing alcohol to be consumed at the fair and the liberal media turns a blind eye. Where is the outrage that our children have to be exposed to alcohol and drunken people?

  • Itsmyopinion67 Oct 21, 2014

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    What with 200 cops around I am ASTONISHED this could happen!? Didn't Troxler say the Fari was the safest place in the state. Maybe he didn't mean from theft....

  • MinorityWillbeNewMajority Oct 21, 2014

    Looks like the ride operator who was operating the ride I lost my Canon camera on Friday at the state fair. My camera in a black case just vanished. If any WRAL reader saw my camera, please holler.