A Girl Scout and her mother were robbed at gunpoint by a teen Wednesday while selling cookies in Union City, California, but police officers with kind hearts stepped in and helped out.
The man approached the pair at around 5:15 p.m. Wednesday outside of a local Safeway, asking about buying cookies from them. He left and returned a short time later wielding a handgun. The man then demanded all of the money the Girl Scout earned from cookies sales, then fled from the parking lot, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.
What kind of thug would point a gun at girl scout and her mother, and take the money they made while selling cookies?…
Sgt. Steve Mendez, spokesman for the Union City Police Department, says that the girl and her mother left unharmed, but were shaken up by the incident.
“The mother and daughter were not injured but understandably were visibly upset.”
The Union City Police Department officers immediately were on the scene to help. The officers donated their own money to cover the cost of what the man stole, then bought out the remaining boxes of cookies. The Girl Scout earned over $1,000 in cookies sales from the officer’s donations, according to a report by Police One.
The department ended up with a pretty large amount of boxes, but they were only in the office for a short time. Mendez says that by Friday, only a few boxes were left, but those wouldn’t last long.
“There were only five or six boxes left when I left yesterday, and they’re long gone by now.”
Police are still looking for the teenager who held the Girl Scout and her mother at gunpoint.
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Authorities say the suspect is between 16 to 19 years old, and was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and other dark clothing. He has a thin build and is between 5 foot 4 and 5 foot 6 inches, with acne on his forehead. Police released a sketch of the subject asking the public for help bringing him in.