Town Steps Up After Girl Scouts’ Cookie Money Is Stolen

CARY, Ill. (CBS) – A northwest suburban Girl Scout troop experienced the worst and best in people after someone stole more than $400 in proceeds from Saturday cookie sales, but contributions on Monday more than made up for the loss.

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Cary-based Troop 1347 was selling cookies at the Walgreens at 500 W. Northwest Highway on Saturday morning, Cary Police Chief Steven Casstevens said. The troop was trying to raise money for a rock-climbing troop.

But about 1 p.m., they were packing up their tables and chairs, and turned around to discover that someone had made off with the bag containing their profits for the day — about $417.

“We could not believe somebody would steal from Girl Scouts,” troop leader Cindy McDonnell told CBS 2’s Pamela Jones.

“I was just so upset.  It made me think that, wow, some people in this world have no common decency,” Girl Scout Kira Krug said.

No one saw the theft and the Walgreens store has no surveillance cameras, so police had no description of the thief, Casstevens said.

It turns out there is a silver lining to the weekend’s dark cloud. A local businessman wrote the troop a check for $417 to replace the money that was stolen, Casstevens said. And the chief himself cut the Girl Scouts a check for $417, which in turn was matched by the union that represents his officers.

“That’s very reflective of what a giving community Cary is,” Casstevens said.

Thanks to the generosity, the troop’s field trip is covered. With the extra money they’re receiving, the ladies say they’ll donate to The Girl Scouts of Japan Relief Efforts.

As of late Monday, there were still no suspects in the theft.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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  • dan

    I hope the loser thief suffers a little poetic justice for his deed, say a stray bullet from a gang banger or maybe slams his car into the back of a truck hauling fuel or even a dreaded disease say cancer or aids-deserves any or all of the above!

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  • Mary

    Such a wonderful, caring and giving community – such great people – hope others will be prompted to be like them and not let it take something bad to set it off, help just because, without a reason

  • Bette-Ann Libin

    I stand with the Girl Scouts, I fondly remember my years there! Good grief, human beings are simply not what they used to be….what a deep, dark shame.

    I own a ballet school and, of course, buy oodles of cookies from all the sellers…in fact my cupboards, car and school office are overflowing with cookies…this is what good citizens do naturally…if you are not a giver, I guess it’s hard to understand.

    • GS Leader

      Human beings are exactly what they used to be and what they have always been – especially in difficult economic times. The cliche’ “desperate times call for desperate measures” is a good example. Aside from being a fund raiser, selling GS cookies is also supposed to be a learning experience of responsibility. We cannot afford to teach our children to rely on charity and handouts. Good people do bad things when desperate.

  • GS Leader

    Criminals are opportunists – don’t give them the opportunity. I hope a lesson of responsibility was learned here. It’s great that there were those that stepped up to help out the troop, but as someone who was a GS and a GS Leader, don’t forget that somebody was irresponsible to take their hands and/or eyes off the money in the first place. I buy a LOT of GS cookies every year, it bothers me that the money that people spent on GS cookies was not handled properly by the leader/girls. We MUST teach responsibility – in ADDITION to charity. There isn’t always going to be somebody there to bail you out.

  • Cynders

    How stupid could the adults supervising these girl be? They left that money laying around for anyone to take? Probably should look at the troop leaders first.

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