Several days after a fundraiser was held to benefit the family of Andrea Kruger, friends are still searching for the auction items that were stolen during the event.
The fundraiser was held Friday evening at Deja Vu Lounge. Owner Nikki Richardson told WOWT 6 News there were roughly 160 items inside the bar; however, the larger items were brought outside to be auctioned live. Among the items outside were a 50" plasma TV and a framed picture of Memorial Stadium.
Organizers realized those two items had been stolen when the winners returned to claim them. Richardson said surveillance video shows the items never made it back inside the bar, like they should have.
She said, "It took almost a month to plan all of this and it was a lot of work. We just wanted the best results for the family and we thought we got that. Now, it turns out someone made it their benefit as well."
Richardson said just under 1,000 people were in attendance at the fundraiser and with some 200 auction items walking out the door it was impossible for security to know whether someone should or should not have an item.
Altogether, the fundraiser brought in $35,000 to $40,000 for the Kruger family. Andrea Kruger was killed in August at 168th and Fort Streets. The suspected killer, Nikko Jenkins, is now facing the death penalty if convicted.