Police are still searching for the suspect

By Rachel DeSantis
March 07, 2019 12:35 PM
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Seattle police are searching for a man they say stole more than $600 from a group of Girl Scouts selling cookies outside a grocery store.

The scouts were offering up their signature snacks Sunday when a man allegedly ran up to their table, grabbed the money they had in a bin and fled the scene just before 8 p.m., said Jonah Spangenthal-Lee, Deputy Director of Communications for the Seattle Police Department, in a release.

Jennifer Johanson told NBC affiliate King 5 News she and another adult were standing with the three Girl Scouts in freezing cold weather when the incident occurred.

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“He came up a number of times asking about all the cookies and he bought some, and he returned them,” she said. “He came back, and there was just something not right.”

Johanson said the group was finishing up for the night, which had a low temperature of 27 degrees, according to AccuWeather, when the man approached the table once again while running.

“He pushed past one of the girls and grabbed the money,” she alleged. “I don’t want to scare them, but I do want them to learn to be aware. I have two girls. I want them to learn to trust that feeling that they have.”

She said people have made donations to the young scouts after learning about what happened.

The suspect has not yet been caught but he was captured on security video, and police are encouraging anyone who recognizes him to contact detectives at 206-684-5735.