BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - A cookie-fiend of a thief stole nearly 100 boxes of Girl Scouts merchandise from a vehicle this week in Bloomington. Thanks to a nameless good Samaritan, however, one Scout's first year won't be marked by nearly $400 lost.
Kristin Lookatch, 32, reported the theft Saturday. She said all of her troops’ cookies were in her SUV parked in her driveway in the 1700 block of Durham Drive.
Lookatch said she opened her vehicle to find the thief had taken 32 boxes of Tagalongs (Peanut Butter Patties), 40 boxes of Thin Mints, 15 boxes of Samoas (Caramel deLites) and 3 boxes of Trefoils (shortbread).
The woman told investigators she had been hauling cookies around the city to deliver them all week, but she was unsure exactly when the theft took place. Lookatch said she may have left the door to her vehicle unlocked.
It is the first year that Lookatch’s daughter, Sophia, was selling cookies.
"It’s hard for her to understand; they ask a lot of questions, like 'Why would someone do that? Who would do that?' and those questions are hard to answer to a 5-year-old about why someone would steal the cookies, because I don’t really understand it myself," Lookatch said.
Late Tuesday afternoon, police told the victim that an anonymous donor has stepped up to pay for the stolen cookies. Lookatch said she was thrilled.
Police said there are no suspects in the case.
"They would be charged with theft and it is somewhat of a disappointment, primarily because this is a major fundraiser for the Girl Scouts so they do rely on the money this generated from the sales this time of year in an effort to keep the organization going," Bloomington Police Department Capt. Joe Qualters said.
The cookie sales bring in $3 million annually for the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana.