Robber gets away with $17 from 9-year-old's lemonade stand

Deputies looking for teen accused of robbing 9-year-old North Carolina boy’s lemonade stand at gunpoint

Union County deputies seek armed teen lemonade stand stickup

Less than $20 (£15) was stolen, the Charlotte Observer newspaper reported.

Neighbours told WCNC-TV that the boy's organic lemonade stand is well known in the neighbourhood, and that he is an entrepreneur who also mows lawns in the community.

Union County deputies responded to the quiet St. John's Forest neighborhood for reports that a teenager walked up to a lemonade stand, stuck a gun to a 9-year-old boy's stomach and demanded money.

The child told police he was operating his lemonade stand in the USA state of North Carolina on Saturday afternoon when a teenage boy placed a handgun to his stomach and demanded money.

"It's heart-wrenching. That little boy will never be the same", Smith said.

"Never thought in a million years I'd be racing off to pick him up with somebody pointing a gun at him and taking his money from just a simple thing of selling lemonade", said Philip Smith, the boy's father.

Deputies found the camo hat and a BB handgun stashed in a wood near the residential tract and are asking the public's help in tracking down the suspect.

He said that nowadays, "Criminals are very bold" and that "this is a new low".

According to WSOC, an ABC affiliate of WHSV, the boy was saving money in order to buy a lawnmower.

The young boy was back selling lemonade Sunday.

The police have been unable to locate the suspect so far.

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