Cookie-Selling Girl Scouts Fight Off Thieves

A Girl Scout troop in Texas will have about 20 cases worth of cookie money replaced after thieves made off with their cash box.

San Jacinto Council Troop 29512 had set up at a local Fort Bend County Walmart to sell Girl Scout cookies Saturday, according to ABC News affiliate  KTRV.

About four hours into their day, around 2 p.m., a black Toyota Camry approached, with white paper covering the license plates.

The passenger jumped out, asking the scouts which cookies they were selling, and then grabbed the cash box containing about $200.  He jumped back into the car, trying to make a fast getaway.

"I started hitting the boy that was in the passenger seat, so I think he learned his lesson a little bit," Girl Scout Iravia Cotton told KTRV.

The two young men, thought to be in their late teens, started to drive away. "I was running with it [the car] at first but then sort of fell down and I was dragged for a few seconds," Girl Scout Rachel Johnson told KTRV. "Who steals from a girl scout?  Seriously, that's like the worst thing ever."

Johnson has a message for the men. "I hope your face hurts from when Iravia punched you," she said.

Either way, "Our Council is replacing the money stolen from the girls, including troop earnings," Mona Tolbert of the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council said in a statement.  "The troop is not being held responsible for the stolen money."

Cotton hurt her lip and Johnson had scrapes and bruises, but there were no major injuries. The scouts agreed that running after the thieves was dangerous.

"The safety and well-being of girls and volunteers is and will always remain the top priority," Tolbert said.  "Troop #29152 has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from our community.  They have received thoughtful words of encouragement and donation offers from generous individuals from across the country."

The troop has received donation offers and encourages people to donate instead to support girls in the San Jacinto Council and the Girl Scout Cookie Program.