'Cookie Monster' Steals Girl Scout Money

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A cookie thief is on the run after stealing hundreds of dollars from a Girl Scout in Tacoma, Wash.

Sixteen-year-old Beverly Reed was selling cookies outside a Safeway store when a man dressed in a blue-hooded shirt grabbed $465 - all the money from more than 100 boxes sold - and took off.

"I can't believe that you did that," said a tearful Beverly. "It's very rude." 

"I have been doing this for 10 years, and that's never happened to me," the distraught Girl Scout said. "The last weekend of cookies and someone just steals from me, and that's very upsetting."

The entire incident was captured by a surveillance video.

Police are now looking for a white male with red hair and a goatee. They believe he had his eye on Beverly's cookie table.

"I think it's kind of reached an all time low," said Detective Gretchen Aguirre of the Tacoma Police Department. "I think, in this case, it was approximately $400, but really the reality is, I think it's the principle of the matter."

However, there is some good news in this hard-to-believe crime.

After word got out about the theft, donations started flowing in. Beverly more than recuperated her money, with the local Girl Scouts taking in more than $1,000.

"Individual people, strangers that I didn't even know started giving me donations," Beverly said. "And that made me feel really good because they don't even know me, and they wanted to help me."

So while police search for a "cookie monster," Beverly has moved on, making her own cookies and resting in the thought that good Samaritans are out there to come to the rescue of one dedicated Girl Scout.

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