CENTRAL KITSAP — A 21-year-old Belfair woman allegedly tried to steal money from a Girl Scouts cookie sale on Friday, but was chased down before dropping the money and getting away.
The mother of one of the Girl Scouts called 911 at 2:19 p.m. Friday to report that a woman had grabbed the money collected during a Girl Scouts cookie sale at the McWilliams Road Safeway. The woman had been asking questions about the cookies and then placed a $10 order. She acted like she was going to put $10 in the bucket, but then grabbed a handful of money and ran down a breezeway in front of other stores in the shopping center. The mother of one of the scouts, with help from a bystander, stopped the woman, according to a Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office report. As the pursuers closed in, the woman surrendered the money. The pursuers tried to grab her, but she got away, losing a black fleece jacket and getting into a white pickup driven by a man. She also left behind a cellphone.
About $70 was recovered. Using the cellphone, deputies were able to determine a possible identity of the suspect.
The white truck was spotted nearby a couple hours later. The driver indicated that he didn’t know about the theft and cooperated with investigators. He was released.
Two Girl Scout mothers identified a photo of the suspect. Safeway provided video evidence of the incident. The suspect, a transient, is being sought.