California Teens’ Lemonade Stand Robbed of $30, Police Say

The suspect is accused of strong-arm robbery.

— -- It was the perfect hot day for a lemonade stand.

Two 13-year-old girls set one up Wednesday in Rancho Cucamonga, California, but they didn’t expect what was coming next.

A young man approached the table and told the two entrepreneurs he didn’t have any cash on him, police told ABC News today.

The girls decided to give him a free cup of lemonade anyway, and he started walking away.

But seconds later, he came back and allegedly knocked over the lemonade stand before grabbing the pink and turquoise money box with $30 inside, a spokeswoman with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said.

One girl’s brother chased the suspect, but could only recover the empty money box.

The suspect, Santini Tate, was arrested for strong-arm robbery when police responded to the area and found him with the $30 in his possession.

The girls identified Tate, who is now being investigated in connection with other crimes in the area earlier that day, according to police.

Tate, 18, was booked at the West Valley Detention Center and is being held on $100,000 bail, police said. He is scheduled to be arraigned later today, and it’s unclear whether he has a lawyer.

The San Bernardino Sheriff's Department did not identify the two 13-year-old girls by name.