Man steals $300 from Girl Scouts selling cookies in Clermont

Police search for thief; Businesses plan to support girls

By Sheli Muniz - Reporter

CLERMONT, Fla. - Clermont police continue to search for a man who stole cookie cash from a Girl Scouts troop.

The theft happened at 9 p.m. Saturday outside the Blockbuster video store off Citrus Tower Boulevard in Clermont.

Two middle-school Girl Scouts and their troop leader, Lynette Baker, were closing up their booth when a man pretended to be a last-minute customer.  Instead, he snatched their money box, stealing nearly $300.

"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.  "It's just so unbelievable that it could possibly happen.  You hear stories every year, this one got robbed, that one got robbed, but you never think that it's going to be you."

It's believed the man left the shopping plaza in a PT Cruiser.  A detailed description of the man was not released, but Clermont police are working to put together a composite sketch.

A car-wash fundraiser headed by Clermont police has been tentatively scheduled for March 16, but details have not been finalized.

The Girl Scouts Citrus Council said anyone who would like to help is urged to stop by the girls' next cookie sale on Friday and Saturday in the same plaza the robbery occurred.

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