RICHMOND, Texas – Two Texas teenagers are facing aggravated robbery charges after they were arrested for allegedly stealing money from a group of Girl Scouts selling cookies, MyFoxHouston reports.
18-year-old Justin Roger-Zenon and his 16-year-old accomplice, who was not named by police because he is a juvenile, are accused of snatching a cash box from the Girl Scouts last weekend as they were selling cookies outside a local Wal-Mart. The box reportedly contained $200.
The girls tried to chase down the robbers, and one sustained minor injuries after she attempted to stop the robbers by holding onto the bumper of his car.
"I started hitting the boy that was in the passenger seat. I think he learned his lesson a little bit," Girl Scout Iravia Cotton said.
Security footage and descriptions of the vehicle led police to Roger-Zenon and his accomplice.
"It's very cowardly act to go pick on little girls out trying to sell cookies, but it's not very risky for them," Chief Deputy Craig Brady said. "At least, that's what their perception was."
The story made national headlines, with the girls earning praise for fearlessly chasing after the thieves. The website Gawker called it "the most adorable true crime story you'll hear all day."
Brady said people locally and from from all over the country sent money to the troop to replace the money they lost.
"I think it goes a long way to say what kind of a community we have," he said.
Newscore contributed to this report.