It is stories like this that make me either (1) realize that I'm really not as bad of a mother as I am sometimes made to feel (considering my daughter has never been in trouble with the law); or (2) get really resigned that the world is going to hell in a hand-basket.
Last updated January 15, 2008 11:54 a.m. PT
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A Girl Scout who was robbed while selling cookies led police straight to a 12-year-old suspect - who wrote her name and address on a cookie order form before the theft.
The Girl Scout, 10-year-old Nicole Grant, told police she was selling cookies with a friend Sunday when a girl ordered cookies from her, then snatched Nicole's zip-top bag, containing $28 in cookie money, and fled on a bicycle.
"She's still a little shook up, but she's fine," said Chris Grant, the Girl Scout's father.
Savannah-Chatham County police said they tracked down the suspect using the order form the girl had filled out. The Girl Scout later identified her as the thief.
According to a police report, the young suspect denied stealing the money when questioned by police. However, she was arrested and she faces a juvenile charge of robbery, Savannah Police Department spokesman Sgt. Mike Wilson said Tuesday.
The girl's mother declined to comment when reached by phone Tuesday.
Susan Reefer, director of fund development for the local Girl Scout Council, said it's the first time a Girl Scout has been robbed while selling cookies in Savannah - where Juliette Gordon Low founded the organization in 1912.
According to Girl Scout policy, Nicole should have had a parent or other adult with her. Grant said he didn't know his daughter had left home to make sales, which she had been told not to do without supervision.
"But you learn from your mistakes," Grant said. "And she understands that now."