9-Year-Old NC Boy Selling Lemonade Robbed at Gunpoint, Deputies Say

9-Year-Old NC Boy Selling Lemonade Robbed at Gunpoint, Deputies Say

9-Year-Old NC Boy Selling Lemonade Robbed at Gunpoint, Deputies Say

Police in the U.S. state of North Carolina are investigating the armed robbery of a nine-year-old boy who had set up a lemonade stand in his neighbourhood, Newsweek has reported.

The Union County Sheriff's Office said Sunday the stickup happened alongside a traffic roundabout in Monroe, about 30 miles (48.3 kilometers) southeast of Charlotte. The suspect got away with the child's $20 that he was saving to buy a lawnmower.

Luckily, the child escaped unharmed.

Deputies say the boy was approached by a black male teen wearing a camouflague hat and black shirt. Deputies believe the suspect left a bicycle in the brush for his getaway. "You know, I think people are capable of a lot of things but not robbing a child at a lemonade stand".

Investigators said they recovered a metal tin, camo hat and black BB gun in a wooded area near the neighborhood. "Criminals are very bold".

David Smith was selling cool drinks in his North Carolina housing development to raise money for his landscaping business.

The suspect hasn't been located.

The robbery has not dented the boy's entrepreneurial spirit - less than 24 hours after the robbery, he was reported to be back out selling lemonade.

Anyone with information should call the Union County Sheriff's Office at 704-283-3789 or Union County Crimestoppers at 704-283-5600.

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