TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A few Girl Scouts are rattled after a man walked right up to their cookie stand and took off with their money.
"Girl scout cookie time," says a volunteer as she sets out cookies for buyers.
Girl Scout troop 2532 set up a cookie stand in front of the Taylorsville Walmart Saturday morning.
"Would you like to buy some girl scout cookies?" shouts a small Girl Scout to nearby shoppers.
"This is our troop favorite. It's a Savannah Smile," a Girl Scout tells a browsing shopper.
Around 4:00 p.m they saw him.
"This car pulled up and he got out of the car," said Girl Scout, Rae Steinke.
"He said he's interested in the thin mints," said Girl Scout Volunteer, Sherri Boyette.
"He got out of the car and he asked how much were the cookies," said Girl Scout, Kennedi Leon.
"As he's getting out of the car he's acting like he's got his wallet, reaches for his wallet coming toward the table," said Boyette.
"...and when he came up he kind of pulled out his wallet even more and grabbed the thing (small money bag) and ran into his car," said Steinke.
"Jumped into the car shut the door and they just zoomed off," said Leon.
"It was so fast I couldn't grab it and it was like should I jump over the table? Should I go around the girls and go after him? It was that quick," Boyette said.
The suspect had a small bag full of money.
The Girl Scouts would have used the money to help the homeless and animals in at the Humane Society. The money would also pay for Girl Scout camp.
"It's just rude and you shouldn't do it to poor girls who are innocent and haven't done anything to you," said Leon.
"Why why would you do that? We worked hard you don't," said Girl Scout, Michaela Boyette.
Girl Scouts of Utah released this statement:
"Girl Scouts of Utah is saddened to learn that this individual would prey on Girl Scouts selling cookies. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest business entrepreneurial program for girls in the country, and Girl Scouts sell cookies to earn money for summer camp, field trips, programs, and merchandise from our shops. The Cookie Program teaches girls the importance of goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics, and it's a shame that the girls at that particular cookie booth had the results of their hard work taken from them."
The suspect is described as a white skinny man in his 20's. He has a tattoo on his left forearm. He stands between 5'7" and 5'9" and weighs 150 pounds.
Call tips into the Unified Police Department.
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