NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Police say a 12-year-old boy was robbed at a Dollar General store in North Little Rock Saturday evening.
The 12-year-old was going door-to-door offering neighbors to cut their grass to make some extra money, like many young kids do during the summer months. Not long after he collected his money, he went the Dollar General at 1701 Pike Avenue in North Little Rock to make a purchase, but police said as he left the store, he got more than he bargained for. He was soon approached and confronted by another young man.
"He told them they wanted his money. Apparently they had been watching him throughout the day mow yards with a friend. They knew he had some cash on him," said North Little Rock Police Sergeant Brian Dedrick.
"Trying to do the neighborhood a service, mowing the yard, because it looked kind of ratty," observed Rex Jarrett, who lives two blocks away from where the 12-year-old was robbed, and he remembers seeing two young boys cutting his neighbor's grass over the weekend.
He said it is upsetting to know this would happen to someone trying to do things, what he considers the right way.
"It's not right. I mean they're young boys trying to make an honest dollar, and it's hard to make an honest dollar anymore," Jarrett continued.
Sgt. Dedrick said the young boy saw two people following him on bicycles as he went door-to-door; however, he never contacted the police.
"They didn't call us. They probably just didn't know better and didn't think this was going to happen," Dedrick explained.
In a case like this, police and neighbors said it is important to go with your gut instinct if you feel something just isn't right, and always be mindful of your surroundings.
"You just have to be careful. Even being an adult, you have to be careful. You're never safe," said Lucille Humphrey.