Trefoiled! 17-Year-Old Boy Arrested For Girl Scout Cookie Armed Robbery (PHOTO)
(BANT) – A 17-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of robbing a mother and her 12-year-old daughter while they were selling Girl Scout cookies in front of a Union City Safeway earlier this month.
Police say the boy was arrested at James Logan High School and confessed to the robbery. He was also linked to another robbery at the high school. The 17-year-old, whose name was not released because of his age, was taken to juvenile hall.
On Wednesday, Feb. 8 police responded to the Safeway at 1790 Decoto Road where the mother and daughter had been selling cookies from a booth in front of the store.
Officials say the boy at first approached them asked about buying some cookies. He left and came back a short while later with a gun. He took an undisclosed amount of cash from the girl’s mother. The mother and daughter were not injured, but both shaken.
A number of officers investigating the case had children active in scouting. Many officers donated money to cover the loss and the members of the Union City Police Officers Association bought all of the unsold cookies. In all, members of the police association and police officers donated more than $1,000 to the victims.
Girls Scouts of Northern California spokeswoman Heather Burlew-Hayden said cookie sales provide money for the scouts to do activities and to earn their gold award, which is equivalent to the Eagle Scout award in the Boy Scouts.
The robbery has not deterred either the scout or her mother from selling cookies. The two are telling other scouts to “be vigilant and not give up.”