Woman sought for stealing Girl Scout cookie money

The Kitsap County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of about $70 in Girl Scout cookie money from a stand in front of the Safeway Store on McWilliams Road in East Bremerton this past Friday.

A suspect has been identified, but has yet to be located by police.

According to police reports, a 21-year-old Belfair woman approached the stand and asked various questions about the cookies before snatching about $70 from a jar and making a run for it. A woman at the stand gave chase and a bystander was able to temporarily restrain the suspect before she got away, jumped into a white pickup truck and left the scene.

Several witnesses were able to provide descriptions of the suspects and the bystander that temporarily restrained the woman got a photo of the truck and a partial license plate number.

Police later stopped the driver of the truck who eventually cooperated and was released. He told police that he went to Safeway with the woman and returned some merchandise for her. After giving her a gift card that he had gotten for the merchandise she told him that she was going into the store to use the restroom.

A short time later, she came running back to his truck, telling him, "We gotta go! We gotta go!" He told police she had told him she ran into someone she knew that had a problem with her.

Family members advised police that the young woman who is alleged to have stolen the money is a heroin user and transient with no fixed address.

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