Imposters pretending to be contractors stole banquet tables from a community fair in South Windsor, and organizers are on the hook to replace them, essentially wiping out the donations they received.
Paul Petrillo organized the Wapping Fair for the past 13 years and said the event during the weekend was the best ever.
All of that work was wiped away in about 15 minutes.
"It's shocking," he said. "It's disgusting."
On Monday morning, Petrillo said a group of two or three men pretended to be from A1 Rentals and said they had an early job and needed to take the banquet tables back.
But it turns out they were imposters.
"The people were very natural about it," he said. "They came in, introduced themselves, told them who they were," he said. "They were very polite and because there were a lot of contractors, they all thought they were legitimate people. We really couldn't believe that someone would come onto a fair ground and walk away with tables from an event like this."
If the tables aren't found, the fair will have to reimburse the company $1,700.
"The committee worked 12 months to put this fair on to try and raise money for the Jaycees causes in the community," he said. "And to lose almost $2,000 just like that, it just hurts all of them. For all of the work they put in, it's just lost."
The Wapping Fair donates all of their profits to local charities and causes.
"We were going to be able to do so much good with that money," he said. "We're still going to be able to do a lot of donations, but again, it's going to be one or two organizations now that we're not going to be able to do something for."
South Windsor police are investigating.
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