Girl Scout cookie stand robbed at gunpoint; cops cover the costs

Police were on the hunt for a bandit who robbed a Girl Scout and her mother selling cookies on Wednesday outside a Safeway store in Union City

It also marks the 100th years Girl Scouts have sold cookies to raise money for troops.

In all, the girl and her mother received $1,000 in donations. Police said the man walked away without buying any but returned displaying a handgun and demanding the mother hand over the cookie proceeds, the East Bay Times reported.

"I felt so bad for my mom".

Girl Scouts have been selling cookies for a century, and the robbery is the first one anyone could immediately recall.




The teenager, who remains at large as of Friday, is believed to be between 16 and 19 years old and about 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall.

"The mother and daughter were not injured but understandably were visibly upset", Mendez said in a statement. He wore dark clothing including a hooded sweatshirt during the armed robbery.

Police say many officers involved in the investigation have children involved in scouting. He apparently made off with about $600 as ABC 7 reports, but Union City police donated the money to cover the loss, and bought out all the girl's cookies as well.

Union City, Calif. police officers reached for their own wallets after Girl Scouts had their proceeds stolen outside a grocery store.

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