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Police say they’ve Arrested Two Suspects in Theft of Girl Scouts Money


HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — Police have arrested two men who they say robbed from the Girl Scouts on Saturday evening at the Wal-Mart in Northampton.

25-year-old Cassidy Michalski, from Deerfield was arrested yesterday evening just before 5:45 p.m. on multiple charges in connection with the incident.

Also arrested was 22-year-old, Nicholas Taverna from Greenfield.  He was taken into custody by police at about 10:30 a.m. this morning.

Both are facing charges that include Robbery, Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, and Shoplifting over a $100 by Asportation.

That’s according to Northampton Police Lt. Jody Kasper.

On Saturday evening several girls were selling Girl Scout cookies in front of Northampton’s Wal-Mart when a man went up to them, chatted with them, and then stole their cash box. That man then got into a waiting car. One of the scout’s fathers went after it, getting his hand caught in the window. The parent was dragged across the parking lot until his hand came free.

Due to the incident, the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Mass say they’ve received an outpouring of support from other troops, mostly on Facebook.

They’re also taking steps to try and make sure something like this doesn’t happen again. “On Sunday morning we sent out a reminder of our safety guidelines for our cookie program. Sell in a public place, know your surroundings, never sell alone, have two adults with you at all times, have a plan for your money how you’re going to keep it safe,” said CEO of Central and Western Mass Girl Scouts, Pattie Hallberg.

Hallberg says no changes have been made to their safety guidelines, and Girl Scouts will continue to sell their cookies outside supermarkets and stores.

As for the father who chased down the thieves, he was treated and released from Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

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