Cops are searching for a man who stole $50 from a Girl Scout selling cookies in Philadelphia.
According to the Associated Press, the incident occurred late Saturday in downtown Philly.
“She keeps saying, ‘I want to do it, I want to do it,’ and gets out in the cold and sits and helps everybody that wants to come by,” Jennifer Brinkmeier, the victim’s mother, told the WPVI.
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Anastasia, 9, said the man claimed “he wanted some lemonade for his girlfriend” but needed to make sure she wasn’t allergic. The 9-year-old described how he “took the money envelope out from my [apron] pocket” as he handed back a list of ingredients.
The 9-year-old was unharmed. Anastasia’s mother, who had briefly walked away, claimed a witness alerted her “that man just took your daughter’s money,” before chasing the suspect down an alley.
Though the Good Samaritan turned up empty-handed, a family passing by gave Brinkmeier $4 and told her to tell Anastasia that there are good people in Philadelphia.
It is unclear whether Anastasia will be responsible for the $50 lost in the robbery.
Police are looking for a 6-foot-1 Black male without facial hair. He was wearing a gray sweat jacket at the time, according to WKBW.
Brinkmeier commented: “I’d say, think about your choices and what you’re doing with your life and whether this is the kind of person you want to be.”
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time the public-at-large took advantage of a Girl Scout. In March, a Daytona, Florida, brother-sister duo allegedly stole a box containing $200 from a Girl Scout selling cookies outside a Wal-Mart.
A California man reportedly attempted to pull the same stunt in February 2015. In this case, the 23-year-old returned to the scene minutes after stealing the money and was swiftly apprehended. Eater reported a happy ending: “The girls got their money back, and on top of that, police bought $240 worth of cookies and gave the troop $60 cash.”