Crime

Cops: Teens Robbed Kids' Lemonade Stand

| by Nik Bonopartis

Two teenagers are accused of robbing a pair of 9-year-olds at a lemonade stand.

The teens, 18-year-old Deante Small and a 16-year-old girl, ordered lemonade from the two boys, who were selling it outside their apartment complex in Lutz, Florida on Dec. 28, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office told KTRK.

One of the teens wasn't happy with how much lemonade was in the $1 cup, cops said, and in the resulting argument one of the victims threw a cup of lemonade at his irate customers.

That's when things turned physical. Cops told WTVT that Small pushed one of the 9-year-olds to the ground and snatched his iPod while the other teen took the cup with the lemonade stand's proceeds -- totaling $13.53 -- and bolted from the scene.

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It wasn't clear if the children were supervised or where their parents were at the time of the robbery.

Officers caught up with the pair, but the suspects said they'd spent the money at a local Wal-Mart, and the iPod was never recovered.

Small was charged with robbery, while his 16-year-old friend was charged with petty larceny, a misdemeanor, as well as battery. News organizations generally don't report the names of suspects younger than 18 years old because they could qualify for youthful offender status, meaning their records could be sealed if they stick to the terms of a plea agreement after conviction.

The Florida incident isn't the first time kids have been robbed at a lemonade stand. Two 13-year-old girls were robbed in Rancho Cucamonga, California, in July 2015 by an 18-year-old who approached them and said he didn't have any money but wanted a cup of lemonade.

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The teenagers gave the man a beverage and he turned to walk away, but WABC reported he turned around, pushed over the lemonade stand, and ran off with $30 the girls had made.

In July 2011, two children were robbed of $13.50 when they were operating a lemonade stand and a pair of teenagers pulled up in a car and threatened to beat the kids up if they didn't hand over their lemonade proceeds, the Associated Press reported. The suspects in that case weren't caught, but a kindly passerby at the police station gave the children $20 to make up the money they'd lost.

Sources: KTRK, WTVT, Associated Press via Morning Journal, WABC / Photo credit: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office via WTSP

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