Donations pour in after Girl Scouts robbed while selling cookies

Clermont police continue to search for thief

CLERMONT, Fla. - Although the man who stole nearly $300 from Girl Scouts selling cookies outside a Clermont store remains on the loose, donations continue to pour in for the girls.

Clermont police Captain Jon Johnson told Local 6 News that more than an estimated $1,000 in donations have been made since the theft was reported, including offerings from a radio show host and a business owner in Altamonte Springs.

The Girl Scouts Citrus Council said anyone who would also like to help is urged to stop by the girls' next cookie sale on Friday and Saturday outside the Blockbuster video store off Citrus Tower Boulevard in Clermont, the same plaza the robbery occurred.

Clermont police said two middle-school Girl Scouts and their troop leader, Lynette Baker, were closing up their booth last Saturday when a man pretended to be a last-minute customer before he snatched their money box.

"I need a policeman. I'm with a Girl Scout booth at Citrus Tower Blockbuster. We were just robbed," Baker said in a 911 call.

In the background of the call, the girls can be heard crying.

"I honestly thought he was going to turn around and come back, I mean, it was just so unbelievable that somebody would actually steal from little girls," said Baker.

Police continue to search for the thief, who fled in what was believed to be a PT Cruiser. 

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