Courts & Crime

Two accused in stealing from lemonade stand in Macon

PERRY — A Houston County grand jury Tuesday indicted a man and woman each on a single count of robbery by sudden snatching about $130 from a lemonade stand set up by the cousin of an ailing toddler and her friends.

Amber Michelle Umbarger, 21, and Gage Allen Turner, 20, both of Warner Robins, are accused of the April 9 lemonade heist at 198 Smithville Church Road.

Chelsea Edwards and her friends had set up the lemonade stand to raise money for medical treatment for 2-year-old Logan Varnadoe, who was born with one-third of a typical newborn’s brain mass.

Joshua Morrison, an assistant public defender representing Umbarger, said in an interview that Umbarger was aware that Turner was possibly going to take the money, but that she tried to signal to him not to take the money by asking the girls questions about the purpose of raising the funds.

“Turner has made it clear to the police that Amber didn’t rob anyone,” Morrison stated in an e-mail. “When he was arrested, he said Amber didn’t have anything to do with taking money from the lemonade stand.

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