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8-year-old's suspicion helps Edmundson police solve case

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An 8-year-old boy helped Edmundson police solve a crime after someone offered him $100 at a community park. An 8-year-old boy helped Edmundson police solve a crime after someone offered him $100 at a community park.

EDMUNDSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -  An 8-year-old boy helped Edmundson police solve a crime after he grew suspicious about odd behavior at a community park.

Karter Hatcher, 8, was riding his bike in the Edmundson City Park when another child approached him with a quick cash offer.

"A kid came over and said, 'I'll give you $100, if I can ride your bike,'" explained Karter.

Following the encounter, Karter said he took the money and told his grandmother what happened. She then notified police.

"I said we can't keep something that's not ours, and he said, 'That's what I thought grandma, that's why I came home," said Karter's grandmother, Kathy Carr-Richard.

Officer Tom Etling said after talking with the other child involved, police recovered $400 in the park and returned it to the rightful owner. Etling said someone had stolen $500 from a man's wallet, and Karter's report helped them solve the case.

"It's not often these days that you find a youth who realizes something is not right and wants to go to the police and do the right thing," said Etling.

On Thursday, the Edmundson Police Department honored Karter with a certificate of appreciation.

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