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. Chris Kyalo

    I personally think it is all interconnected. The disease of the young child and the robbery would cause people to donate more. Somewhere, somehow, they know each other.

    April 12, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tanker

    If these were crackdealers on some random corner of the ghetto that had been robbed, no one would've cared. Pathetic.

    April 12, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Genius

      You're comparing crack to lemonade?

      April 12, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tanker

      No, I'm comparing your momma to monkeys.

      April 13, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tanker

    Hey wait a minute, that girl is kind of hot, let her out. Let her mug me. :)

    April 12, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tanker

    Okay idiots, I'm going home. Won't be able to read your comments to my posts. Sssuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuckers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 12, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy

    @Chris Kyalo: If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

    @Tanker: You're right. Unless the crack dealers were trying to raise money for a sick child. Then I'd be mad.

    April 12, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tanker

      banana, if you were to get mad, the world as we know it would end. Oh, the horror!

      April 13, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. banasy

    Tanker just went to get his brother's girlfriend out of jail. Guess *she's* the sucker.

    April 12, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tanker

      Banasy, I actually went to get your momma from the street corner and collect the day's earnings. She did not get enough today, so I had to take her to another street corner, more ghettoish, she fit right in.

      April 13, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. Denver Morgan

    Im not totally sure she was in on it because she got left behind sounds like he saw the money and just had to have a rock and ran off leaving her so i wonder if he did that on the spur of the moment,

    April 12, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Proud Momma

      It was not spur of the moment...he went to his car to get money and came back

      April 12, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Marlin

    Someone seems to need a good ol fashioned country ass whopin-Dallas DJ I cant remember the name of.

    Seriously though, I am a peace lover, but this garbage makes it hard sometimes. If they accidently tripped and broke their teeth on a curb I dont think I would be overly upset.

    April 12, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy savant

    Well, it worked. They're both in custody. Will they release her now, Genius?

    (Sorry. I couldn't resist. But you *did* change your name!)

    April 12, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Genius

      Depends. They might just let the judge decide that.

      April 12, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy savant

    @The Vomit Monster from Poltergeist III: I'm laughing do hard, Sprite just came out of my nose! Owwwwwww!

    April 12, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      It was my sperm coming out of your nose, not sprite. :)

      April 13, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. banasy savant

    Laughing SO hard, that is.

    April 12, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • matt

      OK, enough BS. Head over to the donation site and give whatever you can, people. Show these little kids that there are decent people around

      April 13, 2011 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
    • DaMeglet

      Not to infringe on the American's right to be as stupid, selfish and irresponsible as they wish, but doesn't this make a good argument for sterilization of repeat offenders. The only thing that disturbs me more than this incident is the fact that there will always be people like this because they can spread their genes like Fukishima radiation!

      April 14, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Anonymousp

      Pig I hope karma bites you in the ass loser

      April 15, 2011 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  12. hot time

    that is terrible well hopefully they will get the money back

    April 12, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    *you* were the only one that knew the difference between lewis and knotts. funny huh

    April 12, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Peter

    A new low in America... robbing 13 year olds out of charity money...

    April 12, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • America

      Well put.

      April 12, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Haemisch

      What does America have to do with it? There are idiots like this all over the world.

      April 13, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  15. raven

    Lol @oy! Hey Philip! my sista!

    April 12, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
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