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Man Steals Money From Girl Scouts Outside Wal-Mart

Posted February 19, 2008

— Fayetteville police are looking for the man who stole from a couple of girl scouts. The thief got away with $600 as the young scouts looked on.

Erin Gillum, 9, and Charlene Penick, 10, were selling cookies Sunday afternoon outside the Wal-Mart at 1550 Skibo Rd. when they say a man kept lingering about.

“At one point in time, he came over and looked like he was about to buy something, but his phone rang,” Erin said.

“He walked over and sort of stared at the cookies for awhile," Charlene said.

Then the man went for the metal tray of cash.

“And for half a second, I stood still, but then I ran after him. But my mom told me to come back," Charlene said.

The scouts' mothers, along with a few bystanders, also chased the thief.

“Absolutely, and if I could have caught him, I would have done ugly things," mother Jennifer Penick said.

In the end, the man made off with the scouts' money, leaving folks asking what kind of person would steal from children?

“I don’t know. I would like to think the best. My daughter said that he must have really needed the money, but I don’t know. I think he just saw some quick cash,” mother Debbie Gillum said.

The money raised by Girl Scout Troop 485 was going to pay for a trip to Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens.

The regional Girl Scout Council said the girls will not have to make up the stolen money. Donations have also poured in from people in community to help make up for the lost funds.

Fayetteville police obtained surveillance video of the theft, but had not released it Tuesday afternoon.


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  • 3potato4 Feb 20, 2008

    I like the way you think, colliedave. At the very least, I hope his karma jumps up and takes a big bite out of him.

  • USAFWife Feb 20, 2008

    Why no description of the thief?

    I should have known my last comment wouldn't get through...

    Do you really need to ask the question syracuse? Typical WRAL/GOLO politically correct malarky! They knew they'd have to weed through a lot more comments if they posted the suspect's description and he turned out to be a non-Caucasian - which as Gab posted, he was.

  • colliedave Feb 20, 2008

    Too bad the law wouldn't allow for him to be placed in stocks in a public square where passersby can throw rotten fruit at him,

  • islandgirl Feb 20, 2008

    i hope they catch this guy

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx Feb 20, 2008

    Now that is just some kind of low to steal cookie money from Girl Scouts. It's nice that the one little girl thought that he really must have needed the money, but unfortunately her mother is probably right - he just saw a chance for some quick cash. What scum.

  • ncguy Feb 20, 2008

    I hope they catch this guy!

  • Gab Feb 20, 2008

    The Fayetteville Observer says he is a Hispanic man in his late teens or early 20s wearing dark, baggy pants and a red-striped shirt

  • syracuseinwonderland Feb 20, 2008

    Why no description of the thief?

  • mramorak Feb 20, 2008

    worthless dog squeeze

  • lornadoone Feb 20, 2008

    Seriously, this is an all-time low.