Two 14-year-olds were arrested at a Sandy Springs gas station Sept. 17 shortly after robbing a man of $20 they said they wanted for gas, Sandy Springs police reported.

The man told people that about 12:30 p.m., two teens approached him in the 6000 block of Weatherly Drive and asked for money for gas. He refused. One youth then pulled a pistol and demanded cash, police said. The man gave him $20.

A patrol officer dispatched to the area spotted a vehicle matching the description of the teens’ car at a gas station on New Northside Drive. The teens were fueling the car, police said. The teens fled into the woods next to I-285. Later, they were captured at another gas station.

Police said three juveniles were together in the car. One remains at large.

Police determined the teens were part of an outdoor residential therapy program in Warm Springs, Ga., that is run by the state Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. The teens were in car reported stolen in Pine Mountain, Ga., police reported.

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.