The story that a New Jersey mall crook swiped a Girl Scout troop’s cookie-sale cash has crumbled under scrutiny. Troop 80062 leader Jessica Medina had told cops that on January 18, she placed more than $1,100 in cash and checks from their sale of cookies at a local mall into an envelope — and it was then swiped from their table, robbing the youngsters of funds for a trip to Savannah, Georgia. Medina pointed the finger at a handicapped man and an elderly woman as the thieves. The story made national headlines and prompted kind-hearted New Yorkers to offer thousands in donations to the troop to make up for the pilfered cash. But the Woodbridge, New Jersey, Police Department now says Medina’s tale turned out to be half-baked. After interviewing the scouts and watching security footage, the cops say no one else in the mall ever saw an envelope on the table — while the cookie dough stayed “secured in a cash box” the whole time. The Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey said Medina has now been removed from her volunteer position as troop leader.
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