Viewers Help Girls Baton-Twirling Team

By Al Pefley email

WELLINGTON, FL (WFLX) - Some good news about that case last week of a girls baton-twirling coach who was the victim of a purse-snatching in Greenacres.

Since our story aired last week, viewers have donated more than $2,300 to help Team Wellington, a group of 80 girls who compete in baton-twirling events.

They were stunned to learn last week that a purse-snatcher had grabbed their coach's purse outside a Wal-Mart on Forest Hill Boulevard in Greenacres.  She had nearly $2,000 in cash and checks in her purse, money the girls and their parents had raised to go to a baton-twirling competition February 13 at Disney World called Twirl Mania. They planned to use the money for props, costumes and shoes they will need to compete at Twirl Mania.

One woman and her husband heard about the girls' plight and donated $1,500. "We've done this for the kids. You know it's sad that people come out now and rob you every time you turn around and took from these little kids. You can take from an adult, but taking from kids is very sad," said Buffie Harden of suburban Lake Worth.

Meanwhile, Greenacres Police say they have not been able to catch the purse-snatcher, a white male in a red shirt, with short hair and a partial goatee.   He was caught on surveillance cameras at another Wal-Mart in West Palm Beach, using one of the  victim's gift cards.