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Man Sought In Theft Of Cookie Sale Money From Girl Scouts

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By Robin Rieger

BERWYN, Pa. (CBS) — Investigators are searching for a suspect who decided to use a Girl Scout troop as his target for a heartless robbery over the weekend.

Police say fourth grade Girl Scouts from New Eagle Elementary School were selling Girl Scout cookies at the Pathmark in Berwyn at about 5 p.m. Sunday.

According to investigators, the suspect approached members of Girl Scout Troop 4305 at their table set up for cookie sales.

The suspect took an undetermined amount of cash from a plastic donation container collected for United States Military Service People.

The suspect then forcibly reached into a cash box containing money from the sales of the Girl Scout cookies and stole approximately $20.

The quick actions of the Girl Scouts in closing the box denied the suspect further access to additional cash.

The suspect then ran away and drove off in a blue car. He is described as a white male, 20 to 30 year-of-age with a medium build. He was wearing a dark-colored head covering, with a dark-colored shirt and light colored pants.

(Police say this man robbed Girl Scouts selling cookies outside a supermarket in Berwyn, Pa.)

(Police say this man robbed Girl Scouts selling cookies outside a supermarket in Berwyn, Pa.)

The store has surveillance video (right) that police will use to try and identify the man who fled.

“We are shocked and saddened by the news of the robbery that occurred at one of our cookie booths,” Natalye Paquin, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania said in a statement released Tuedsay. “First and foremost, our concern is the health and safety of our Girl Scouts and we are thankful that no one was injured during this incident. What we do want to call attention to, is our gratitude for the outpouring of support we have received from the community in the wake of this incident. We are so grateful for the generosity and concern of our friends and neighbors during this time.”

Anyone with information on the suspect is urged to call the Tredyffrin Township Police Department at 610-647-1440.

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