Two heartless crooks left a Girl Scout with nothing but crumbs when they grabbed her hard-earned cash and peeled out of a store parking lot, police charged!
The brother-and-sister duo — 20-year-old Nicholas Delbrugge and 25-year-old Ashley Winters — cased poor Lacey Lee’s table outside a central Florida shop before committing the cruel crime, said cops.
The sneaky siblings even had Winters’ young daughter with them for cover, according to lawmen.
Lacey, 12, says Winters “kept asking questions about the cookies” while her brutish brother “kept staring at the cash box.”
The pair then went into the store with Winters’ daughter and pretended to shop for 30 minutes. When they emerged, Lacey was suspicious and uncomfortable, holding tight to her cash box. Delbrugge tore the box from her hands and “ran toward the parking lot,” cops say.
According to an eyewitness, the thief fled to a gray Hyundai, which cops charged was driven by Winters!
The thieves made off with around $200 worth of dough. “I’d characterize it as a significant amount of money for a hard-working 12-year-old girl,” a Volusia County Sheriff’s Office spokesman told The National ENQUIRER.
But Delbrugge and Winters’ escape was half-baked, according to police.
After lawmen distributed images from the store’s surveillance video cameras, an anonymous call fingered the siblings. Then, their grandfather and Winters’ husband confirmed it was them in the footage, cops said.
The twosome was booked into the Volusia County jail on felony robbery charges.
Delbrugge, who’s been previously busted for battery, possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana possession, was held in lieu of $150,000 bond while his older sister’s bail was set at $50,000.
Lacey’s cash box and money have yet to be found, according to authorities. But her Girl Scout troop has more than made back what the creeps stole. A local radio station pitched in to spark more than $1,000 in cookie sales!