Whoever stole two items from a charity benefit for the family of homicide victim Andrea Kruger should remember what goes around, comes around, her friend and former boss said Wednesday.
Nikki Richardson, owner of the Deja Vu Lounge, took to Facebook to angrily denounce those who walked off with a 50-inch plasma TV and a large framed photo of Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.
Richardson said the benefit held Friday in the bar near 178th and Pacific Streets raised $40,000.
“If you attended the Andrea Kruger benefit (at) Deja Vu Lounge on Friday, I need your help,” Richardson said in a post.
She asked anyone who might have seen people walking out with the items to let her know.
Richardson estimated the value of the TV and photo at $1,000 — money intended for the victim's husband, Michael-Ryan Kruger, and children Jadyn, Ava and Hartley.
She said two plasma TVs were donated for a live auction and one of them, purchased by her brother, was to be stored in the bar until he could retrieve it.
“It had to be a two-person job to walk off with that TV,” she said. “I've been trying to wrap my mind around how someone could do something like that. How do two guys get together and say let's steal from charity?”
Richardson offered a $100 gift card for anyone who helps find the person or persons responsible.
News of the theft prompted Jack Shotbolt, publisher of Edge magazine, to send in a pledge of $250, and he asked Facebook friends to make similar gestures.
“I was just disappointed that something like that could happen,” Shotbolt said. “I'm doing this because I've been very fortunate in my professional life, and I hope other people will step up as well.”
A $200 donation was received from Gregg Young Chevrolet. Mahogany Prime Steakhouse donated a $100 gift card for auction at a golf tournament Oct. 19 at Pacific Springs that will also benefit the Kruger family.
Anyone wishing to participate in the tourney should contact the Deja Vu Lounge, 402-502-9995.
Kruger, 33, was killed Aug. 21 while returning home from her bartending shift at the lounge. Several people have been charged in connection with her death.
The Andrea Kruger Memorial Fund has been established at Pinnacle Bank. Donations to the account can be made at any bank location.
Other benefits for the Kruger family are underway or planned, including an online auction running through Oct. 11. Proxibid.com will cover card-processing fees so that all proceeds can go to the Krugers. The 200-plus items up for bid can be viewed at www.proxibid.com/andreakruger.