Mother of Girl Scout held at gunpoint in California

Posted February 13, 2017

Her daughter had just stepped away to the vehicle to replenish her cookies.

The girl, whose identity was not disclosed at the request of her mother, said she knew something was terribly wrong as soon she got back to the stand.

The first confirmed instance of Girl Scouts selling cookies was in 1917 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Police said the man walked away without buying any but returned displaying a handgun and demanding the mother hand over the cookie proceeds, the East Bay Times reported.

The suspect is described as a black male between the ages of 16 and 19, as CBS 5 reports, and 5 feet 4 inches and 5 feet 6 inches tall. It especially hit home as numerous officers have children. They donated to cover the cost of the robbery.

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So officers made a decision to donate their own money to cover the cost of the theft as well as purchase the remaining cookie boxes. In all, officers and the police union donated more than $1,000 to assist the victims, according to police.

Arriving officers found the mother and young girl uninjured but understandably upset.

But for Bennett, the robbery was a frightening lesson. "You never know what's going to happen".