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Man Robs Girl Scout Cookie Booth at Pathmark

Tredyffrin Police are searching for a man they say fled after stealing money from a Girl Scout cookie sale Sunday just before 5 p.m.

Tredyfrin Police are searching for a man who robbed a Girl Scout Cookie sale table inside the front entrance-way of the Pathmark in Berwyn Sunday evening just before 5 p.m.

Detectives are looking for a 20 to 30-year-old man described as 5'8"-5'10" tall with a medium build. He was wearing glasses and his face was covered in a scarf. Police say the man was wearing a black sweatshirt and light colored pants.

Sources say the scouts who were robbed are fourth graders from a troop attached to New Eagle Elementary School in Tredyffrin Township. None of the girls was injured during a brief tug of war over the money that was taken.

It's not clear exactly how many scouts were at the table when the robber struck. It appears from what sources are telling TE Patch Sunday night that there were at least two and possibly three or four Girl Scouts at the table and at least two parents on the scene as well.

There are two sets of doors at the store. The cookie booth was set up in the entrance-way between the outter and inner doors.

Sources on the scene tell TE Patch that there was a minor 'tug of war' as the suspect grabbed the money from the table.

Police say the fact that there was a struggle for the money, no matter how brief, and because the man didn't just grab the money elevates the crime under from a misdemeanor theft to a felony robbery.

The masked man fled out the front door of the store on foot toward the back of the building. No weapon was displayed during what police describe as a "strong arm" robbery.

Police were at the Pathmark investigating the crime, searching for evidence outside the building and looking at security camera video until about 9:30 Sunday night.

Anyone with information about the suspect should contact Tredyffrin Police by calling 9-1-1.

Devon Resident January 21, 2013 at 12:42 PM
That's pretty low, to rob Girl Scouts.
Chesterbrook Resident January 21, 2013 at 01:54 PM
This is craziness... We are supposed to be in a safe area, that's why we bought our homes here. Girl Scouts being robbed? Really??! Poor girls to be exposed to ugliness at such a young age. They will remember this incident all their lives.
Why The Face January 21, 2013 at 02:56 PM
And Tredyffrin won't to hire more cops.....
marion1 January 21, 2013 at 03:08 PM
At the risk of sounding like my grandmother--what is this world coming to???? Years ago our scouts were advised to no longer go door to door cause that was not safe, now it's not safe to stand in the vestibule of a grocery store! I think all the shops that are welcoming to our scouts standing in front or in the "lobbies" of the stores need to invite them INSIDE around lots of people and it would be harder for these lowlife snatch and run robbers to strike. And as shoppers we will thank those stores and shop while we are there.
cast4 January 21, 2013 at 09:17 PM
It's still pretty safe for the most part. This is the first robbery in Tredyffrin since 2011. Radnor had 10 just last year.
MD2013 January 21, 2013 at 09:27 PM
I must have been there minutes before this happened. It was a mom and two girls at the time...and a cash box. And Marion1 -- you don't sound like your grandmother....you sound like all of us. It would never have occurred to people to rob girl scouts. My brother says he is always happy to read about a mugging, because it means the perpetrator wasn't armed -- or you hear about a shooting. Girls -- don't ever protect the money! And to our elected officials -- people don't bother to work anymore. You make as much staying home and collecting unemployment if you were laid off...and even mroe if you are willing to steal or sell drugs. So few places to steal cash -- we should probably anticipate this. How sad.
Regina DiLabbio Klugh King January 21, 2013 at 09:51 PM
Breaks my heart. Just another example of how low we have fallen. Stealing cookie money from tots! I hope the jerk is caught and placed on a diet of bread and water behind bars! No Girl Scout cookies for him!
Kate January 21, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Total low life loser
Kate January 21, 2013 at 10:07 PM
I can tell you that one does not make much on welfare and the amount of unemployment depends on how much you earned up to a certain ceiling. Unemployment insurance is meant to help those who lost jobs get by until they find another job. In this economic time, that's often easier said then done.
Kate January 21, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Who is going to pay their salaries? No one wants to pay more in taxes. Can't have one without the other.
Chesterbrook Resident for over 10 years January 21, 2013 at 10:24 PM
It's a big world... it's not better or worse than the past, it's only in our minds because it is the present. I was a Girl Scout for many years. Selling cookies door to door is hard work. It's much easier and safer to stand at a table and catch people coming or going from a shopping area. I think it is a good time to stop and think. Is there a better place for these Girl Scout tables? Is there a better place to store cash? I'm not so sure that hiring more cops is the answer to these types of crimes. This is still a very safe area. Perspective is everything.
MD2013 January 21, 2013 at 10:44 PM
I had just teased these girls about how I had to go door to door to take orders, and then go door to door and deliver....no one drove us. I told them how cushy they had it....(they looked older than 4th grade)...so it's sad that someone would rob them. But again, in this economy, not that many places someone can steal cash. Girl Scouts should probably prominently display that they do not keep the cash there...and get a safe or have someone come by and pick up the money....but girls, NEVER protect the money. Not worth the possible danger.
Kate January 21, 2013 at 10:48 PM
I agree, very safe compared to many other areas. But bad things can happen anywhere.
Lorac Sonhen January 21, 2013 at 11:28 PM
I worked the booth of this robbery that day. First-yes they were fourth graders, and not older. During our shift every single customer was sweet and kind, it was a lovely experience. Even if they didn't buy something. But these temporary selling areas do not allow for any way to secure funds. I am sure it was just a reflex for the individuals on site to try to 'protect' the money. Finally, Thank you to the kind employees of Pathmark, the caring Tredyffrin police, and the support of the community during this sad event.
cast4 January 22, 2013 at 12:21 AM
Agree completely. From another Chesterbrook resident for over 10 years.
Mainmorality January 22, 2013 at 06:13 AM
How many Tredyffrin babies got robbed of their lives that day ?
Su Gould January 22, 2013 at 04:10 PM
They are only there for a 2 hour shift, usually. The parents that stay with the girls should remove money as it is received, not let a box overflowing with money sit in plain sight. Common sense, just stick it in your pocket and keep enough to give change in the box. You should do this when you hold a yard sale too.
EmB January 22, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Lorac - would you be able to let us know what troop number this was, and if there's a way to make a donation directly to your troop? I think many of us would be happy to do that. Very glad no one was hurt, but still - what a sad thing.
Wendell Young V January 22, 2013 at 05:38 PM
Pathmark is closing this location soon, because of no business
Kate January 23, 2013 at 03:11 AM
Now that's not surprising-- the store is the pits
Wendell Y January 23, 2013 at 08:04 PM
You are TOO

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