Man, woman turn themselves in for stealing Girl Scout cookie money

Police said box had hundreds of dollars inside


DELTONA, Fla. – Detectives say 20-year-old Nicholas Delbrugge and his sister, 25-year-old Ashley Winters, turned themselves in to the Volusia County Jail after they stole a cash box from a Girl Scout selling cookies outside a Deltona Walmart.

"Its' a shame it happened in the first place," said Andrew Gant, of the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. "We're glad to have them in custody and hold them accountable for what they did. Robbery is what it was. He pulled it right out of her hands, and I think it was scary for her. She's a 12-year-old kid and he's a grown man."

Investigators said they were onto the two since Tuesday, when another officer recognized Delbrugge from a previous arrest. They were able to find Delbrugge on Facebook and connect his profile picture and the interior of the car to the Hyundai Santa Fe leaving the Walmart parking lot Sunday.

An anonymous call to police identified the siblings and lead detectives to where they live. Their grandfather looked at the surveillance photos and confirmed it was Delbrugge and Winters.

Winters' husband also identified his wife in the picture.

"He told us, 'Yeah that was my wife,' that was his daughter and that was their vehicle," Gant said.

On Wednesday, the victim picked Delbrugge out of a photo lineup, but there's still no sign of the cash box.

"We don't know where the cookie money is, haven't been able to track down the box or the cash," Gant said.

Detectives said the cash box only had a couple hundred dollars inside, but after hearing News 6's story Monday night, radio station Mix 105.1 decided to pitch in to help collect money for the troop, raising over $1,000 in sales.

"We are thanking God for our community that has come together to make Lacey realize there are still good people in this world," said the victim's mother Thursday. "We have big plans for our community with the money that has been donated."

Delbrugge and Winters are both facing robbery and petit theft charges. The two are set to be in for their first appearance Saturday.