ATLANTA - For the second time in a week, police discovered one of the children who offer water for sale was carrying more than water.
An observant officer noticed a bulge in the pocket of one of the "bottle boys".
The officer asked about it, and the 16-year-old responded it was a cell phone.
The officer asked again and eventually, the boy admitted he had a weapon. It was a fully loaded Smith and Wesson 380-caliber.
The boy was detained near Phipps Plaza in Buckhead. Not far from the same area, a 14-year-old had a weapon and it was confiscated.
Police have stepped up patrols, watching the youngsters who are able to earn hundreds of dollars on a good day.
It's believed some of these boys are arming themselves to try to protect their earnings.
When police called about the 16-year-old, Fulton Court authorities said they were not going to put him in detention. The youngster does not have enough points on his record.
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