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12-Year-Old Robbed While Selling Candy

Crooks Snatch Child's Candy-Sales Cash

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 12-year-old girl selling candy bars in her Argyle neighbor said what she thought was a potential sale ended up being a robbery.

The girl said she was going door to door for a school fundraiser when crooks in a car came up and stole all of the money she had made.

"I was scared," the child said. "I was definitely crying. I got home as soon as I could and called the police."

The girl, who asked to remain anonymous, was selling candy bars to raise money for her elementary school. That's when, according to police reports, three people pulled up to her in their vehicle -- a smaller tan or gold four-door.

"They eventually pulled up more near me and they asked what kinds I had. I told them, and then they took the envelope with the money in it and they sped away," the girl said.

She said she ran home in tears to tell her mom.

"I was shocked. I couldn't believe someone would take money from a 12-year-old girl. I was crying when I heard the news because I didn?t know if they had used a gun or a weapon," said the girl's mother.

However, the crooks had no visible weapons. They just grabbed the $27 the girl had made and took off.

The girl said she still has a lot of candy bars left to sell, but she's not sure if she wants to go back out.

Anyone with information that could help police catch the thieves responsible is asked to call Crimestoppers at 866-845-TIPS.