There are two boys in our neighborhood who have been hanging out at our home after school for many months. Their parents work late hours, and they spend a lot of time with our family. They are so close that we've jokingly referred to them as being our 3rd and 4th kids. Both boys are soft spoken, very polite, and well mannered. The older child is in middle school, and he has not been coming over after school every day like he used to. Instead, he's been going over to the home of an older teen in our neighborhood who has a very bad reputation of stealing, lying and having weapons (I caught that incident and reported it to the authorities). Today, the older sibling came to our home to get his brother and talk to him. I went to the door, and saw that he was carrying several plastic bags. I asked him to come inside and told him that we had missed him. We had several other neighborhood boys over to play too, so I was happy to include him. He sat down on the couch and emptied out his bag full of electronics that his new "friend" had purchased for him today (that boy is 14). He had a 3DS, an I-Pod Nano, a stack of 3DS games, and new Yu-Gi-Oh games. He also had a gift card to Best Buy and some other items. This was a big red flag to me that something is amiss. I told him that kids don't have that kind of money, and they especially wouldn't be buying all those items for a new friend. I suspect something is very wrong - drugs, gang activity, stolen items, or something else. I told him that he needs to be very careful because it sounds like he is being set up or used and that I care about him. He got teary eyed and went home after he promised not to accept any more gifts. I felt bad that I had been so harsh. I don't know the parents of the boys who hang out at our home. I let them come in to play because their parents are never home, and the boys have always been respectful and appreciative. I do have the mom's phone number. Do you think I should call the mother to discuss my concerns? Leave it alone? Not allow the kids to come over any more? Do you think my mommy instinct is off? I don't have experience with teenagers. My kids are 8 and 10. Thanks for advice. I really appreciate it.