LEOMINSTER (CBS) — A group of Brownies and Girl Scouts say they won’t let the thief or thieves who stole their cookie money win. The girls now want to push even farther and raise more money for their troops.

On Monday, troop leader Joan Levine’s husband came home to find the front door open and the inside ransacked. Among the items stolen; $4,500 worth of cookie money and three cases of cookies. The family also had their DVD player, laptop, camera and Wii stolen.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Laurie Kirby reports

Levine says the cookie money was a result of more than a week’s worth of work for her girl scouts, including four booth sales held over February vacation.

“The girls make about 61 cents per box so they stole about $300 to $350 of profits from each troop,” she told WBZ NewsRadio 1030.

Levine speculates someone either saw her taking cases of cookies in and out of her home over the past few weeks or, someone followed her home from a cookie sale. So far, police have no leads.

“They want to keep going,” Levine said of her troops. “I was expecting maybe they didn’t want to do it anymore but they’re not going to let this get them down. They want to do even more than we had planned. I’m pretty proud of them.”

Levine said they’ll figure out how to do the things they wanted to do with the profits from cookie sales.

The annual girl scout cookie sale is not just a way of raising money for the troop but also a way girls can learn about finances and money management.

“They should be ashamed on themselves,” Levine said. “They should really return that money back to those girls. They worked very hard for it and they don’t deserve it.”



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