Photo released of 'person of interest' in Girl Scout cookie money theft

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Do you know this man (photo above)? Investigators with the Charleston Police Department hope you do. They believe he knows something about more than $300 stolen from Girl Scouts in West Ashley.

He's described as about 5-foot-10 with a dark tan, dark hair and a goatee.

Investigators say the theft happened just after 3 p.m. at the Petco store on Savannah Highway. They say the suspect ran up to the table where the girls were selling cookies and took the money while their backs were turned.

Now, the young leaders are learning life lessons.

"It's pretty heartbreaking to happen to one of our girls," said Girl Scout Troop 953 leader Michelle Rowe.

The girls planned to use profits from the sale to cover next year's trip to the Grand Canyon.

"We need all that money because we have to pay for the plane trip, things we're going to sleep on. Everything. Our food," said Girl Scout member Ingrid Moore.

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Warning signs are posted in the parking lots as a reminder for shoppers to be careful. But Girl Scouts didn't think they would be targeted by a thief.

"We will continue on. These girls are tough," Rowe said.

For now, the girls are thankful for help from strangers who've heard about their misfortune.

"The love for all these people for these girls, it's amazing," Rowe said.

One of the mothers and some bystanders attempted to chase down the suspect after the theft, but he got away.

Anyone with information can call 843-743-7200 and ask for the on duty CPD detective. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.

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