Do you recognize these men who tried to rob a Girl Scout cookie stand in Tacoma?
TACOMA, Wash. – Girl Scouts returned to selling cookies outside Fred Meyer in Tacoma just two days after two suspects held up a cookie stand at gun point.
“Real pathetic thing and we’re really concerned about that in the community, that this would happen to Girl Scouts,” said Richard Blackburn, a Tacoma resident.
According to Tacoma police, two young men confronted a daughter and mom selling Girl Scout cookies Saturday evening.
The two suspects, identified as while men between 18-20 years old, asked the mom if she had change for a one-hundred dollar bill.
At that point, according to police, one of the suspects threatened the mom and daughter.
“He raised his sweatshirt, he was wearing a gray hoodie, and she could see what appeared to be a gun in his waistband,” said Loretta Cool, spokesperson for Tacoma Police.
According to authorities, the mother raised her voice and told them she did not have change. The two suspects then fled the Fred Meyer.
Tacoma police are asking for the public’s help in locating the two suspects.
According to the Girl Scouts of Western Washington, the troop selling cookies that evening is made up of seven Girl Scouts and based in Tacoma.
In a statement, the organization detailed the safety precautions each stand takes: "Adult chaperones learn techniques to safeguard money, such as having girls immediately give all cash collected to an adult, not putting a donation jar on their table, keeping the cash box out-of-sight, not counting cash collected at the booth site and depositing money as quickly as possible."
The mother and daughter plan to hold one final cookie sale on Thursday between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. at the Fred Meyer at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and 72nd Street in Tacoma.
CrimeStoopers of Tacoma/Pierce County is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to arrests in the case.
If you recognize the two men, call CrimeStoppers of Tacoma/Pierce County at 1-800-222-TIPS.