Police have charged a Landover teenager who snatched a cash box last month from a group of Girl Scouts selling cookies outside a Bowie Walmart with theft, authorities said.
The 15-year-old was arrested Wednesday night after a detective spotted him in front of a 7-Eleven in the 3400 block of Crain Highway — the same shopping center where the teen snatched the cash box on Oct. 28, authorities said. He was charged as a juvenile with theft under $500 and released to his parents, authorities said.
Police did not name the teen because he was not charged as an adult.
The actual theft occurred about 7:50 p.m. Oct. 28 in front of the Walmart on Crain Highway. Bowie Police Chief John Nesky said the teen, who was walking in a group of four people, approached some Girl Scouts selling cookies outside the store, then grabbed their cash box and ran. He said another person who had been walking with the teen feigned giving chase so that Girl Scout troop leaders would give up their own pursuit.
“I think it’s just a crime of opportunity,” Nesky said. “He saw a box of cash sitting in front of him and decided it was a good idea.”
Nesky said investigators identified the teen shortly after the theft and were on the lookout for him Wednesday night. He said investigators were still determining what charges the others involved might face.
The cash box had $193 inside, and the police department is trying to recoup the lost funds with donations, Nesky said. Those wanting to donate can drop off or mail a check to the Bowie Police Department at 15901 Excalibur Road, authorities said. Checks should be made payable to Girl Scout Troop 2310, Nesky said.