TAYLORSVILLE — Over the weekend, a Girl Scout troop was robbed at the cookie table they had set up outside a Walmart in Taylorsville. While they haven't gotten the money back, the girls have gained an appreciation for community members who stepped up to help them out.
"We help the community, so we're glad that they're helping us to get where we were," said Rae Steinke, a member of Girl Scout Troop 2532.
Just days ago, the troop was on track to earn enough money for camp — about $1,500 — and to pay for service projects, which cost another $1,000.
"We do the Humane Society — it's where we go and play with the animals," said Sarah Kindal, another member of Troop 2532.
"Without that money, we would be able to do less service," said troop leader Janette Williames.
Then on Saturday, the money was stolen by a thief who pretended to be a customer.
"(He) acted as if he was going to buy some cookies, then saw the cash box, reached across the table, grabbed the cash box and took off running," said Lieutenant Justin Hoyal with the Unified Police Department.
When the community heard about what happened, Troop 2532 started receiving donations.
"It really means a lot to us, because we work hard for everything we do," said troop member Natalie Pitts.
"It's overwhelming. It's really overwhelming," Williames said.
Despite all the help they've received, the girls still need more money — a lot more.
One way you can help by stocking up on some more of those delicious Girl Scout Cookies. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the girls will be selling them at the Taylorsville City Hall, at the invitation of the mayor.
But if you're cutting down on cookies, you can still help. A donation account* has been set up at Zions Bank under the name "Girl Scout Troop 2532," or you can donate by visiting the Girl Scouts of Utah's donation web page.
Each dollar counts in helping these ladies give back.
As for the thief, he's still on the loose. Hoyal said witnesses described the man as a white male in his 20s, about 5-foot-9, weighing approximately 150 pounds with a thin build, wearing a white T-shirt. He also had a sleeve of tattoos covering his left arm, Hoyal said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Unified Police at 801-743-7000.
Contributing: Jasen Lee
*ksl.com has not verified the accuracy of the information provided with respect to the account nor does ksl.com assure that the monies deposited to the account will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a deposit to the account you should consult your own advisors and otherwise proceed at your own risk.