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Strangers help after Cary boy in wheelchair robbed

Posted March 25, 2012
Updated March 26, 2012

— Online donors have rallied to help a 12-year-old Cary boy after a man stole of jar of money the boy had collected for his wheelchair basketball team.

Cary police Capt. Michael Williams said that Nolan Turner, who uses a wheelchair, was selling bottled water along High Meadow Drive Thursday afternoon when a man came up to him. The man talked to the boy for a little bit, then grabbed his jar of money and ran off.

Officers found the jar nearby on Winners Circle, but all of the money – about $200 – that Nolan had collected was gone, Williams said.

Nolan was raising money to send his wheelchair basketball team, the Raleigh Junior Thunder, to do a demonstration at Briarcliffe Elementary School, which he attends.

His family set up a website for people to donate to cover the cost of a demonstration by his wheelchair basketball team. By Monday morning, more than 450 people had donated nearly $18,000 – far exceeding the goal of $1,000.

The family stated on the website that all of the extra money will go to BridgeIISports, the nonprofit that organizes his wheelchair basketball team.

Police are trying to identify the man who stole the money. He was described as black, in his early 20s, weighing around 160 pounds. He is bald and has a tattoo on the back of his left hand.

Anyone with information about his identity is asked to call Cary police at 919-469-4012 or Crime Stoppers at 919-226-2743.


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  • d1b Mar 27, 2012

    It's awesome to know that at least some people still have a heart and care. To all that donated to this cause....you are all awesomw people for such a kind act. To those of you that like to find fault in everything and see negative in a young kid with a handicap trying to raise money for a good cause, you should look at yourself in the mirror and be very ashamed!

  • saywhaaaaat Mar 27, 2012

    Some people just don't think before they say things viking416. You just have ignore them, because of them the world is the way it is today. When a person is in need they always think they are trying to get over on people, but in reality they're not. I'm glad this child got what he needed for his team AND MORE!
    Hopefully one day people will open their eyes and see that IT COULD BE THEM ONE DAY IN A WHEELCHAIR. SMH

  • viking416 Mar 27, 2012

    "I guess I just wan to know why it costs $1000 for a local team to go to a local school to do a demonstration?"

    Why don't you investigate this Sherlock and get back to us with the pricing breakdown. Honestly, I am amazed by some of the juvenile/accusing statements made by some here. Some people lead very sad lives it seems

  • honans77 Mar 27, 2012

    I guess I just wan to know why it costs $1000 for a local team to go to a local school to do a demonstration?

  • nothankyou Mar 26, 2012

    He was two doors down from his home and for the person who said that he made it up to make a quick buck, well you are wrong. Nolan is a nice and honest child who was doing something to make a difference. I hope his parents do not read how cynical some of these comments are!

  • msgtlen Mar 26, 2012

    People I told about this can not believe that someone could be so cold hearted. Thank you to all that contributed........

  • fnlyfree07 Mar 26, 2012

    It is amazing the amount of negative comments on here and not one of you who posted them was there the day it happened. This boy was trying to raise money for a good cause and all you can do is spout out negativity. Unless you where there and know the facts, you really should keep your negative comments to yourself. I applaud this young man for trying to make a differnece in a society that has alot of negative people. You should take a lesson from this young man. Being a parent myself I wouldn't appreciate someone saying something about my child in this manner especially if they didn't know all the facts. Nolan you have done an awesome job in raising the money for your cause. I am grateful to know your family and hope that more and more children learn from you and the example you are setting.

  • Rocky2.0 Mar 26, 2012

    It's amazing how patronizing all of you are toward the child because he's in a wheelchair. It's not so amazing that the WRAL censor has a problem with questioning where this child's parents were while he was flashing $200 around. They need to be investigated.

  • nowon_yuno Mar 26, 2012

    Okay, here's a cynical view that hasn't been expressed yet. What if there was no robbery? It could have been a set up to get exactly the response it got, lots of donations.

    Thats theory was expressed on another website displaying this story. I put the link in a comment but it didnt get posted since it would take clicks away from WRAL page. Go to FARK dot com and do a search for wheelchair, it will come up.

  • windex Mar 26, 2012

    What is this world coming too??? Stealing from crippled children. Its a shame!!