WALDORF, Md. (CBSDC) — A Girl Scout troop whose cookie sales were halted after an attempted robbery over the weekend returned to the scene of the crime Friday morning and received a warm welcome from its community.
Girl Scouts from Troop 5819 in Temple Hills stood in front of the Five Guys restaurant in the 3200 block of Plaza Way in Waldorf on Friday and sold cookies to family, friends and strangers who came out to support the embattled troop.
The seven-member troop was hoping to sell enough cookies before Friday’s deadline to reach its goal and continue with plans to visit Disney World. The troop made about $3,000 in cookie sales and another $1,500 in pledge donations from Friday’s last-chance sale.
The troop was on track to make its fundraising goal but was forced to suspend cookie sales after a robbery attempt over the weekend left the girls in shock and a troop leader injured.
Police say James Wright, 48, and an unidentified woman appeared intoxicated when they pushed cookies off a table and tried to grab an envelope full of cash from the troop as they sold cookies in front of the Five Guys on March 24.
The father of one of the scouts, a federal police officer, was able to find the man nearby and take him into custody. Authorities still are working to identify the woman who was able to get away.
Wright, of no fixed address, is charged with attempted robbery, second-degree assault, theft, and disorderly conduct.