Thieves target Detroit business run by kids for third time in 6 years

DETROIT – A group of boys from Detroit, some as young as 10 years old, teamed up six years ago to form Quarter Quts LLC.

Vaughn Arrington, who runs a marketing company, bought them a commercial property on East Seven Mile Road to store all of their equipment. It has been split three times in the past six years.

This time thieves started with 20 lawnmowers, 10 weed killers, various lawn and snow equipment as well as the water heater and the oven.

“I think the worst pain of all was telling the kids their things were gone,” said Arrington.

When they were first robbed five years ago, a founding member, Adonnis Brooks, then 12, casually referred to Quarter Quts as his building and company with pride.

Adonnis is now 17 years old and someone the younger boys look up to.

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“I’m just telling them to keep your head up, not stop,” he said.

His good friend Davontae Chandler – a year older – is ready to finish high school and is going to college with the lessons he has learned about starting and running a business.

“Everyone knows we’re doing a great job. We don’t leave until the job is done and the customer is happy, ”said Davontae.

Arrington set up a GoFundMe account for the group to raise funds and replace all equipment.

Even though the property was tightly locked, Arrington believes they need to sign up for Project Greenlight. He helped the boys build their businesses because he understood that there would always be more to it than making money cutting grass.

“You can see a tomorrow that has nothing to do with the abandoned house, the crime of which you are a victim. They can see one tomorrow with us and that is more important than the lawnmowers that were taken from them, ”he said.

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