Thief Steals $19,000 In Girl Scout Cookies

A thief with a sweet tooth got away with about 5,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies in storage.

The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a cookie caper — the theft of about 450 cases of cookies from a warehouse belonging to Carey Moving & Storage of Spartanburg. The company has assisted with the storage and distribution of Girl Scout cookies in the area for 40 years said owner Brian Carey.

Carey said cookies began arriving at the warehouse on Feb. 15, and employees began doing an inventory on Tuesday and realized that cases of Thin Mints and Shortbreads were missing. The stolen cookies are valued at $18,900.

“We don’t think it was a break in,” Carey said. “The warehouse is very secure, with an alarm system and video (surveillance).”

Cookie sales won’t be affected, as the missing sweets were extra inventory and the Girl Scouts won’t be charged for them, Carey said.

“Someone who would do that to the Girl Scouts, it’s very disheartening,” Carey said. “I was very saddened. We’ve never had this issue before and our employees undergo background checks and drug tests. My great-grandfather started this company in 1907 and we don’t want anything to tarnish our reputation or the Girl Scouts.”

Susan Schneider, director of public relations and advocacy for Girl Scouts of SC — Mountains to Midlands, said the incident will not affect sales at cookie booths in coming weeks.

“We’re still business as usual,” Schneider said. “We have plenty of cookies.”

The Girl Scout Cookie Program generated $790 million in revenues last year. It is the largest girl-led business in the country. Cookies will be sold at local retail locations on weekends from now until March 18, according to a written statement from the organization.

Scout leaders say selling cookies has tremendous benefits for the scouts and their communities and teaches goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

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