Some Texas Girl Scouts were shaken up after they tried to fight off crooks who stole the cash box containing money from their cookie sales. Now, other troops are being warned to be careful.
“We really need to be on top of watching everybody,” said Anne Bishop, a mom with troop in Katy. The brownies were selling cookies down the street from where the robbery happened.
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Troop leaders say they have put a plan in place in case the robbers come back. “The moms have been in charge of the money, making sure it gets in our cash box, which is under our table or always with a mother at all times,” Bishop said.
The heist took place at 2 p.m. Saturday in front of a Walmart in Katy, where members of Troop 29152 were selling cookies. A black Toyota Camry drove up, a man got out of the passenger side and he asked the girls about the cookies.
The man pretended he was interested in buying several boxes, but then grabbed the cash box. The man jumped back in the car and it sped away, investigators said. That’s when Iravia Cotton leaped into action.
“I started hitting the boy in the passenger seat, so I think he learned his lesson a little bit and then they dragged my friend Rachel across the street, driving off real fast,” Cotton said. Rachel Johnson was holding on to the back bumper trying to stop the men from driving away.
She suffered a few scratches and bumps when she fell down. “I hope your face hurts from where Iravia punched you jerk. Bam,” said Johnson in a message to the thieves. “I hope your face hurts and I hope it leaves a scar. Who steals money from Girl Scouts, I mean, really?”
Despite the Girl Scouts efforts to fight back, the crooks managed to drive away with the cash box containing about $200. Unfortunately, the girls will have to dig deep into their own pockets to make up for the theft. Each Girl Scout troop is responsible for the cookies and any boxes that are sold.