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Trio of teens rob 92-year-old vegetable vendor
Tuesday, March 27, 2012


FAIRFIELD COUNTY, (WIS) - If you looked at Palmer Boulware's land in Fairfield County, you'd see a plow that looks a little antiquated and a barn that seems a little weathered.

But a closer look would show that Boulware's soil is fresh and his shovel is just as sharp as his 92-year-old mind. But what's his secret?

"Just working like a dog. All I know. I never did smoke, I never did drink," Boulware said.

Boulware, a World War II vet, moved to Fairfield County in the 40's. He grows tomatoes, cucumbers, and squash.

In the off-season, he buys potatoes and onions and sells them out of his truck. On Friday, his truck was at the corner of College and Spring streets in downtown Winnsboro. Seems like a normal day, right? Wrong.

Chief Fred Lorick explains.

"From what I understand, two of the kids came up and acted like they wanted to buy something, other kid grabbed his wallet. Of course, all of them ran," Lorick said.

That's right, the kindly vegetable vendor was robbed.

"I guess the police are questioning them up, don't know if I'll get the money back or not," Boulware said.

Boulware says the group got away with a "couple hundred dollars" of his money. A couple hundred dollars is a lot when you consider that Boulware likes to do things the old way. Take his bananas for example. Boulware sells a 2-pound bushel for $2.

"It's really kind of a shame that he has to worry about some kids taking his money," Lorick said.

The chief says what's equally surprising about the suspects is their ages: a 14-year-old boy, a 15-year-old boy, and a 16-year-old girl.

"All indications are she was the ringleader," Lorick said. "That's kind of unusual."

Due to the fact that the teens are minors, we cannot identify them, but we can tell you that all three of them face strong armed robbery charges.

It's not clear if Boulware will ever see the money again. He thinks there is a chance the robbers -- more than 70 years his minors -- may reap what they sow. As will he.

Boulware says he'll continue to sell his wares regardless of the robbery.

"I reckon I'll try 'til they knock me out," Boulware said. "I reckon."

Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/17258889/trio-of-teens-robs-vegetable-vendor

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