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Lemonade stand reopens after robbery

Aug. 1, 2010 at 4:23 PM   |   Comments

DETROIT, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- The lemonade stand of four Michigan girls is back in business two weeks after thieves stole the jewelry box holding their profits, their parents say.

Three male teenagers came to the girls' Pontiac, Mich., stand July 18 asking to buy lemonade. Instead, one of them allegedly grabbed the Mickey Mouse jewelry box containing $40 in cash, The Detroit News reported.

Danielle Behan, the mother of one of the girls, chased the teens and with the help of a neighbor caught two of the suspects, who were arrested by police, the newspaper reported Saturday.

A third suspect was arrested a week later.

"My mom said 'Don't let one bad person ruin the fun,'" Behan's 9-year-old daughter Serena said.

The $1 a cup from sales, plus money from donations, is flowing into canisters on tables, the Detroit Free Press reported.

"We're close to $100! Some of it's going to charity and some to us," Serena said.

The girls plan to give some of the money to Goodfellows, a charity that distributes holiday gift boxes to children ages 4 through 13 in the Detroit area, the Free Press said.

"We want the children to understand that just because there's one bad person out there, there are a million good people," Danielle Behan said.

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