City helping Utah Girl Scouts robbed of cookie money

Mar 18 2013 - 10:27pm


TAYLORSVILLE -- The mayor of Taylorsville has invited a local Girl Scout troop who had their cookie money stolen over the weekend to sell cookies at City Hall.

On Saturday, members of Troop 2532 were selling cookies at a stand outside a Wal-Mart store when a man in his 20s approached them, police said.

The man acted as if he were going to buy some cookies, then reached across the table for the cash box and ran away with it, Unified Police Department spokesman Lt. Justin Hoyal said.

In a statement Monday, Taylorsville Mayor Jerry Rechtenbach called the crime "deplorable" and invited the troop to sell cookies at Taylorsville City Hall on Saturday.

"Taylorsville is a supportive community. We've had residents ask what they can do to help these Girl Scouts and thought this would be a great way to allow our community to rally around them," Rechtenbach said.

Police are still searching for the man, who has been described as a slim, white male in his 20s with a shaved head and a full-sleeve tattoo on his left arm. He was wearing a white shirt and fled in an older model teal or green Chevy Cavalier with a faded roof. The car was driven by a white woman with blond hair and a slim build, police said.

The amount of money stolen wasn't disclosed, but police say it represented all the cash proceeds from a day of selling more than 1,000 boxes.

The money was targeted to help the homeless and pay for Girl Scout camp.

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