Man Accused of Stealing Girl Scout Cookie Money Charged With Petty Theft

Colin Sawyer, 20, who allegedly stole $460 from a San Bernardino Girl Scout Troop, was set to be arraigned on two charges Wednesday afternoon.

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    The skateboarding thief who allegedly stole $460 from a San Bernardino County Girl Scout troop selling cookies was charged Wednesday with petty theft and giving false information to a police officer.

    Colin Sawyer, 20, of Phelan, rolled past the scouts’ cookie stand on his skateboard Sunday and grabbed a money bag, according to witnesses. He was set to be arraigned on the two charges on Wednesday afternoon in Superior Court in Victorville.

    The theft occurred as the girls were breaking down the stand for the night, after a day of selling Thin Mints, Tagalongs and other treats in front of a Stater Brothers market.

    Stater Brothers shared surveillance footage from the store with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. The footage revealed a clear image of Sawyer, which was published and aired across media outlets.

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    San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department deputies spotted Sawyer at a gas station Monday night in Phelan. Upon arrest, Sawyer falsely identified himself to police before they took him into custody, prosecutors said in a complaint filed Wednesday. As a result, he now faces a second misdemeanor for giving false information to a police officer.

    At his arraignment on Wednesday, Sawyer entered a plea of not guilty.