A group of California police officers have stepped in to help a 12-year-old Girl Scout and her mother after they were robbed at gunpoint while selling cookies outside a grocery store Wednesday evening.
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.
Meanwhile, police said detectives are still looking for the teenage boy.
The Girl Scout and her mother were selling cookies from a booth in front of the store when a male teenager approached them. He was described as having a thin build and clad in dark clothing, including a hooded sweatshirt.
In all, officers and the police union donated more than $1,000 to assist the victims.
The theft hit home for the investigating officers - some of whom have children involved in scouting.
"The mother and daughter were not injured but understandably were visibly upset", Mendez said in a statement. He apparently made off with about $600 as ABC 7 reports, but Union City police donated the money to cover the loss, and bought out all the girl's cookies as well.
But for Bennett, the robbery was a frightening lesson.