Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

May 11, 2013

Thief steals money from child’s charity jar

VALDOSTA — A good Samaritan was able to record the license plate of a getaway car last Saturday before two men reportedly fled a thrift store in the 300 block of Saint Augustine Road with funds a little girl had been collecting for a friend in Florida who suffers from brain cancer.

“It made me sad and I was kind of mad, too,” said Naja Warring, 11, of her stolen funds. “I was hoping that they would get locked up.”

Naja has been raising money for Ellie Szabados for more than a year after meeting the young cancer warrior at a flea market in Jacksonville, said Naja’s father, Bob Warring. Along with wife Tracy, the family decided they’d deliver contributions to Szabados’ cause whenever a certain amount of funds were raised.

“So she had about $40 in the jar last Saturday and two gentlemen came in to sell some stereo equipment,” said Bob Warring, owner of Bargain Blues. “I wasn’t here, but she told them that we weren’t buying anything right now. So they left and came back an hour and a half later.”

The two assailants split up when they returned to the store, according to Bob who said one went into his family’s store and the other headed into the neighboring business.

“My wife was using the restroom, so Naja went back to tell her we had customers,” said Bob. “When she peeked around the corner to see where the guy was, he had the jar. He pulled his jacket up and dumped all of the money down his shirt. Naja said, hey, he stole the money.”

Tracy said she didn’t know what money her daughter was talking about, whether the cash in the drawer or the jar. So they alerted the owner of the neighboring store, prompting the two assailants to make a run for their vehicle, Bob said.

“One of our customers blocked them in and took the car’s tag number,” Bob said Friday. “So Tracy called yesterday and the detective that was assigned the case said they had tracked the car back to its owner. But that’s all we know right now.”

After learning of the incident, another family-run business topped off the charity jar with $125, Bob said.

To find out more about Ellie Szabados’ battle with brain cancer and to learn how you can help, visit the Prayers for Ellie Szabados group on Facebook.

Text Only
Local News
  • City: Most overflows stopped

    The City of Valdosta reported Wednesday evening that all manhole overflows resulting from Tuesday’s heavy rains had stopped, with the exception of two.

    April 17, 2014

  • 140416-gov_deal002.jpg Signed into law

    Gov. Nathan Deal went on a signing tour Wednesday across Georgia, flying into the Valdosta Regional Airport to sign three bills into law.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • 2 charged in N.C. kidnapping

    Two more people were charged in the kidnapping of a North Carolina prosecutor’s father, bringing the number to at least eight people who authorities say were involved in the elaborate plot.

    April 17, 2014

  • VSU opens spring senior art show Saturday

    Several graduating art seniors will present their show this weekend at Valdosta State University.

    April 17, 2014

  • 140415-water003.jpg Sewage problems persist

    Early Tuesday morning, Valdosta became saturated when the area received approximately three inches of rain from 4 a.m. to noon. As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, 11 manholes throughout the City of Valdosta have spilled 286,500 gallons of wastewater into local waterways, and this number will continue to rise.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • vsuopera1dido.jpg Operatic Conclusion

    When the curtain lowers this weekend on Valdosta State University Opera’s performance of Henry Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas,” it will not only mark the end of the music group’s season.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • ‘If I Were Mayor’ contest essays

    If I were mayor, I would do all that I possibly can to make the city of Valdosta marvelous, but I cannot do it on my own. Some things in Valdosta I feel it is necessary to focus on would be our literacy rate, unemployment rate, crime history, and our environment.

    April 16, 2014

  • APTOPIX Boston Marath_Stew.jpg Solemn tributes mark Boston Marathon bombing

    Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city’s resilience in the face of a terror attack.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140414-valdostaboe001 copy.jpg Valdosta Board of Education reviews finances

    Valdosta City Schools Board of Education celebrated many successes Monday night, discussed budget information and heard an announcement of intent from a hopeful charter school.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • dancing with the stars copy.jpg Dancing with Valdosta Stars raises scholarship money

    Valdosta State University Music and Theatre & Dance’s Third Annual Dancing with the Stars of Valdosta presented a fine dance show this past weekend.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

Top News

What you think about school and workplace rules about Facebook friends?

There have to be rules.
No need for rules, just use common sense.
If people want to be friends, what is the big deal?
Nobody uses Facebook anymore.
     View Results