Police say thief steals Ohio Girl Scouts’ cookie money

CANAL WINCHESTER, Ohio (AP) — Police say a man stole nearly $600 from Girl Scouts selling cookies in central Ohio.

The theft happened Sunday as members of Troop 2439 were wrapping up sales at a Wal-Mart in Canal Winchester in suburban Columbus.

The troop from nearby Reynoldsburg is raising money for a trip to Tennessee.

The Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council says the thief got away with $571.

The council says the safety of its scouts is paramount. It urged girls and volunteers selling cookies to take precautions, stay together, and be aware of their surroundings.

The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. Nearly $700 had been donated to a GoFundMe account set up after the theft.