Children's Lemonade Stand Robbed

10:05 AM, Apr 12, 2011   |    comments
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WARNER ROBINS, Ga. -- Thirteen-year-old Chelsea Edwards says last weekend was the first time she ever tried her hand at a money-making venture.

The seventh-grader at Feagin Mill Middle School says it wasn't too long though before a couple showed up and soured her first business experience.

"The man bent down and seen the money jar, and he grabbed it," Edwards says, recalling what happened Saturday.

Edwards says a man and woman had approached the stand she was running with her two friends. She says they started asking questions about the price of lemonade.

That's when Edwards says the man reached down and snatched the jar of money she held between her legs.

"He flew in the car, and the girl was running after the car," Edwards says.

Houston County investigators say the couple is 20-year-old Gage Allen Turner and 21-year-old Amber Umbarger, both of Warner Robins.

Lt. John Holland says Turner got away in a white car that could be a 2010 Hyundai Accent.

He says Umbarger was left behind, and deputies quickly arrested her on the scene.

Holland says Warner Robins police arrested Turner around 3 a.m. Tuesday. 

Edwards says the pair made off with $130, but what's worse, she says the money wasn't for her.

"I was going to raise money from Logan Varnadoe, my cousin," she says.

Logan is 2-years-old, developmentally disabled, and has a rare intestinal disorder.

His mother, April Varnadoe, says her son will be sent to the Cincinnati Children's Hospital this week for treatment.

She had been raising money to go with him, and her niece Chelsea was helping.

"My husband is having to take off work. We're going up there together with Logan, facing something very serious," Varnadoe says.

Since the robbery, Edwards says neighbors have pitched in to fill a new money jar, but says the experience has left a bitter taste.

"Why would he go up and rob three girls?" Edwards says. 

Varnadoe has been collecting donations for the family's trip to Cincinnati through this site.

Anyone with information on the robbery can contact, Cpl. Slate Simons at (478) 542-2080 or (478) 542-2085.

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