Florida woman charged with stealing donations for dead girl's family

Authorities say a Florida woman stole a donation jar full of cash meant for the family of a little girl killed in a shooting.

The Florida Times-Union reports that 46-year-old Tammy Wynell Crews was arrested Saturday and charged with felony grand theft and a misdemeanor drug charge. Crews admitted to taking the money, which was used to support her crack cocaine addiction, according to officials.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says security video shows Crews taking the jar from the Tapatio restaurant, which is located in the shopping center where 7-year-old Heidy Rivas Villanueva was caught in the crossfire of an Aug. 11 shooting. Three men have been charged in the shooting.

The jar contained about $600 that was meant to help the girl's family with funeral expenses. A GoFundMe page has been set up to send the girl's body to Honduras for burial.

Crews was being held without bail. Jail records didn't list an attorney.


Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com