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Police Donate $1,000 To Girl Scouts After Cookie Stand is Robbed

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When a crime is committed, it’s the job of police officers to find the criminal, not to make things right with the victim. But police in Union City, California, not far from San Francisco, went off book when a girl scout and her mother were robbed while selling cookies earlier this week.

What kind of person would have the menace or audacity to rob a girl scout and her mother is another story. The real story is the police officers who responded to the crime by purchasing all of the girl’s remaining cookies and donating their own money to help replace the stolen money.

Union City police Sgt. Steve Mendez says that all of the officers working the case were horrified when they learned what happened. With many of them having kids of their own involved with boy scouts or girl scouts, they immediately pulled out their wallets to contribute.

“We’re just glad no one was hurt and we were able to change a negative thing into something positive for the mom and her daughter,” said Mendez.

On Thursday, Bhawana Singh, the girl’s mother, delivered dozens of boxes of cookies to the police precinct. When she did, the department gave her a check to cover the cost of the cookies, as well as all the cash Union City officers donated, totaling more than $1,000.

As terrible as the crime was, the Union City police don’t appear too upset about getting countless boxes of cookies as a result. “As far as cookies are concerned, we pretty much got everything that they had — Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, the whole bunch,” said Mendez.

Mendez is also impressed at how his officers have come together. “As far as the response from our officers, it’s been awesome,” Mendez said. “I’ve been here for 27 and a half years, and I’ve never seen a response from a whole patrol staff this genuine.”

Police are still looking for the man who robbed Singh and her daughter. But the most important thing is that both were unharmed during the robbery, and thanks to the Union City police, their cookie sales are back on track.