2 adults arrested in lemonade stand heist
Gage Turner and Amber Umbarger were arrested after a child's lemonade stand was robbed in Warner Robins, Georgia.
April 12th, 2011
03:12 PM ET

2 adults arrested in lemonade stand heist

A man and a woman have been arrested in connection with the robbery of a lemonade stand that was raising money for a child's medical treatment.

Gage Turner, 20, was arrested about 3 a.m. Tuesday, and his girlfriend,  Amber Umbarger, 21, was arrested Saturday shortly after the lemonade stand in Warner Robins, Georgia, was robbed, Houston County Sheriff's Lt. John Holland told CNN affiliate WMAZ.

Chelsea Edwards, 13, and two of her friends were selling lemonade to raise money for the care of her 2-year-old cousin, Logan Varnadoe, CNN affiliate WXIA reported.

Logan has had multiple surgeries for an intestinal disorder and was born with part of his brain missing, according to WXIA. He and his parents are to be flown soon from Georgia to Cincinnati for advanced treatment. The lemonade sales were meant to defray the cost.

But on Saturday, Chelsea said a man and woman approached her lemonade stand and asked how much the lemonade cost.

"The man bent down and seen the money jar, and he grabbed it," the seventh-grader told WMAZ. She said the jar contained about $130.

Chelsea said the man jumped into a car and sped off, leaving the woman behind.

Umbarger was arrested at the scene, and Turner was arrested about 3 a.m. Tuesday in a vacant apartment, police told WMAZ.

"My granddaughter was lying on the ground crying, devastated," Logan and Chelsea's grandmother Judy Bailey told WXIA. "She's been really having a hard time at night, the last two nights. I said, 'It's going to be OK. We're going to get there. One way or another, we're going to get to Cincinnati, all of us. Don't you worry.' "

The lemonade stand wasn't the only source of funds for Logan's care. Donations also are accepted through a website, and neighbors and others have chipped in to replace the stolen money.

Both suspects remain in custody, pending initial court appearances Thursday, Houston County Sheriff's Investigator Slate Simons said. Turner has not requested a lawyer, Simons said; neither he nor the district attorney's office knew whether Umbarger had a lawyer. CNN was not permitted to speak with the suspects directly.

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  1. Nokes

    @Eshpigmenou How they hell would you know? I don't even know you. I bet you are some low life that spends his day in a dingy basement.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. Hugh Jarce

    The only truly obscene part of this story is that kids have to raise money by selling lemonade to pay for their medical care. What a caring country we live in.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. esther clark

    The real outrage here is that children have to have a lemonade stand to raise money to help pay for medical care.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. wildwoman46

    Of all the things to rob. And on top of that the sales were for another child. Man crack must have been kicking his back so hard until it wasn't funny. Now let him and her sit in jail for about seven years and dry up!!!

    April 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Eshpigmenou

    Pigmenous rob from lemonade stands like woh. It's how we survive in The AThos. Lemonade stands usually have about 600K on them at all times. Who wouldn't go for that score?

    -Eshpigmenou

    April 14, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jv7777

    Yeah. i'm sure every inmate is seeing your post right now from the laptop in their cell. Why don't you just call them on their cell phone. Prison doesn't seem so bad if you can surf the internet all day.

    April 15, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Schniggy VonFlugen, Denver, CO

    Crack heads. They'll do anything for money. If they thought they could steal the child and sell her for money, they'd do that as well. Estimated 30% of the adults into crack/cocaine....and as much as 50%. They're not all skinny, face pocked up, teeth rotten. Some look very normal. I've seen it....close up.

    April 15, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      They all look pretty normal at first. I'm not sure why they arrested her, unless he clearly left her; as not getting back in the car might have been her first smart move in a long time.

      I doubt if he had any of the money left by 3 am. Sad really, but I hope they throw the book at him.

      April 17, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      So, is it 30% or 50%. Or are you doing too much coke to focus?

      April 18, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Eshpigmenou

    I rob lemon stands all the time, there is little security around there and it's real easy to take the cash. I suggest all of you try it.

    ~Eshpigmenou

    April 15, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Spartancdr

    You won't believe this! FDA SWAT takes down a little kid lemonade stand suspected of terrorism! LOL.

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EULkTnCW4Vk&w=640&h=390]

    April 18, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Michael

    What's wrong with this story is that kids have to run a lemonade stand to get money for medical treatment and the $175 will maybe cover the cost of one or two bill. We don't need drastic changes to the health care system; we just need to continue paying insurance companies so that they can deny claims and even insured individuals will continue to go bankrupt when facing medical costs. Now Republicans in Congress want to turn Medicare over to the insurance companies.

    April 19, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jimmy

    Did the kids have a peddler's permit to sell the lemonade?

    May 12, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
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