After a girl scout had hundreds of dollars stolen from her by a thief outside of a gas station, a Good Samaritan stepped in to make things right.
Six-year-old first grader Whitney, from Beech Grove, Indiana, was selling Girl Scout cookies at a booth set up outside of a local gas station. She’d been there all weekend trying to reach her goal of 750 boxes sold. Whitney was getting closer and closer — she’d sold an impressive 582 boxes already — when suddenly, someone took it all away.
Surveillance video that captured the entire incident showed a man approaching the booth on Saturday.
“The guy came up and was asking about the different types of cookies,” family friend Amber Mattingly said. “He said eney meeny miny moe, and he grabbed the black book. And I said ‘Oh no you don’t,’ and then he ran, and I chased after him to the back gate. And he climbed the gate, and I grabbed his leg, and he screamed profanity at me.”
Whitney’s family and friends began to chase after the man, who had taken off with the black book containing $316.
“I chased him around here and got on the interstate,” David Printz said. “I’m on the phone with state troopers the whole time.”
Whitney’s mother, Stephanie Allen, said all was going well until the man stole her daughter’s earnings. She also revealed that she had been hurt during the brief pursuit.
“I fell and ripped my pants and hurt my knee,” she said. “It’s money lost. She lost it. Somehow I’m going to figure out how to get it back.”
Beech Grove resident Richard Byland, who was sitting in the nearby Whistle Stop Café having coffee when the theft occurred, soon got word of what had happened and knew he had to help out.
“Carla and I were sitting here talking, and she said a lot of them were upset and crying,” Byland said. When he found out what had happened, he called the family over and presented them with a check to help make up for what they’d lost.
“Whitney are you ready babe?” he asked. “I’m presenting you with $200 for you girls and your troubles today from the Whistle Stop.”
An investigation is ongoing. According to Allen, Whitney has less than 100 boxes left to sell before she reaches her goal.