Mother-of-six turns her son, 9, in to cops after he was caught on camera ‘trying to rob a jewelry store in Argentina with a toy gun’
- A CCTV camera inside a jewelry shop in Argentina recorded the moment a boy placed a gun over the counter and demanded all of the merchandise
- The boy, 9, entered the store and asked the owner, Nicolás García, whether he had any ‘gold and silver’ before he allegedly told him to hand everything over
- A shocked García walked around the counter and kicked the boy out
- Daniela, a mother-of-six, saw the video on television and turned the child in at a local police station
- A judge has ordered the mother and the child undergo mental health evaluations
This is the moment a nine-year-old boy is kicked out of a jewelry shop in Argentina after he allegedly tried to pull off a robbery with what is believed to be a toy gun.
An embarrassed single mother, who identified herself only as Daniela, 28, saw images from the store’s CCTV camera on television.
On Thursday she turned her son in at a police station in Moreno, a city in the province of Buenos Aires.
A jewelry shop in Argentina recorded the shocking moment a nine-year-old boy (pictured center) tried to pull off a robbery
The incident occurred on Saturday when the young boy walked into the store. He immediately peeked behind the front entrance door before he started a conversation with the owner, Nicolás García, 30.
The child then reached behind his back and pulled out a gun and placed it on top of the display counter.
‘When he entered the place I thought he would ask for money to eat,’ García told La Nación.
‘But he began to ask me if I had gold and silver until he pulled out a pistol, which I do not know if it was real or a toy, and he told me to give him everything.’
Daniela (pictured), a mother-of-six, was embarrassed and decided to turn him in at a police station in the province of Buenos Aires
Nicolás García (pictured) thought the boy was going to ask him for money to buy something to eat but was shocked when the child placed a gun on the counter and demanded all of the jewelry
A surprised García then walked around the counter and gently led him out of the store.
The concerned jewelry store owner said the boy walked away accompanied by an adult male. The man allegedly returned with another group afterwards and taunted García.
Authorities have not recovered the weapon and are still searching for the man seen with the boy.
The boy reached behind his back and pulled out a weapon. The store owner (right) said he was not sure whether the gun was a toy or a real weapon
Nicolás García (left) gently escorts the nine-year-old boy (right) out of the jewelry shop
However, the distraught mother told reporters outside the police precinct that her son said he was alone and that he used a ‘toy gun.’
‘I’m feeling very bad. I saw him in the newscast and I brought him in,’ said Daniela, who works as a housekeeper.
She said her son doesn’t have a father figure. Five of her six children live with her while her oldest child, a 13-year-old son, lives with her mother.
‘I have no idea [who he was with] because the child [tends] to escape. It’s not the first time. He has another [police] report filed,’ added Daniela.
Mirta Guarino, a judge who is overseeing the case at a juvenile court, said Friday that she has ordered the mother and the boy to undergo a mental health evaluations.
A police officer in Argentina leads the nine-year-old boy into the station on Thursday, five days after he attempted to rob a jewelry shop