Story last updated at 3/18/2009 - 8:55 pm
JUNEAU - A 17-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the theft of nearly $800 from two 10-year-old Girl Scouts at Fred Meyer last week. The police are continuing the investigation and are trying to establish a second suspect that allegedly corroborated in the caper.
According to the Juneau Police Department, the box contained approximately $600 in cash and $200 worth of checks from the annual cookie sale fundraiser. The two girls from Troop 32 had spent nearly four hours selling cookies at Fred Meyer before the theft occurred.
Linda Sylvester, program and membership coordinator for the Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council, said there has been an outpouring of support for the two girls and the Girl Scouts from around the state and nation. Numerous people have made cash donations and they have generated lots of cookie sales since the theft, she said. Gov. Sarah Palin helped the girls sell cookies last Saturday, with Fred Meyer matching the proceeds of sales while Palin was helping.
Also, inmates of the Lemon Creek Correction Center council have ordered 240 boxes of cookies. They intend to resell them in the prison and donate the proceeds to the Girl Scouts, Sylvester said.
Fred Meyer also has changed its policy to allow the girls to sell cookies inside the store where there is more security.