A nine-year-old boy selling lemonade was robbed at gunpoint for $20 in an act that has shocked police.
The child told police he was operating his lemonade stand in the US state of North Carolina on Saturday afternoon when a teenage boy placed a handgun to his stomach and demanded money.
Union County police spokesman Tony Underwood told reporters the thief stole the boy’s metal money tin with less than $20 in it.
“You think of a child as young as this being robbed at a lemonade stand – just when you think you’ve heard it all, something else will surprise you,” he told WSOCTV.
“That one takes it to a new level.”
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The victim, who was not physically hurt, told police the thief was wearing a camouflage hat and a black shirt during the robbery, just before 3pm local time.
Shortly after the robbery police found a camouflage hat, a black BB handgun and stolen metal tin with no money in it, stashed in some nearby trees.
Police are still searching for the youth responsible.