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Charges: Minnesota man steals $1,250 worth of cookies from Girl Scouts

He spotted them while dumpster diving at GNC.
Joel "Girl Scout Cookie Thief "Whittaker

A Minnesota man has been charged for the theft of $1,250 worth of Girl Scout cookies. 

Joel S. Whittaker, 43, of Oronoco, admitted to police that he was conducting a "dumpster dive" in Rochester when he spotted a partially open door to a loading dock at 3964 East Frontage Road, which led directly to a stockpile of Girl Scout cookies. 

According to the criminal complaint, which formalizes charges of third-degree burglary and felony theft, Whittaker triggered a dock door motion alarm at the business, prompting several Rochester squads to respond to the location. 

An officer arrived and spotted a vehicle pulling away from the loading dock. Whittaker was driving the car, which had an open sleeve of mixed flavor Girl Scout cookies in the front seat and the back seat and trunk filled with Girl Scout cookie boxes – 23 cases worth approximately $1,250. 

Officers searched the vehicle and found two license plates that were confirmed as stolen, in addition to finding a pry bar, bolt cutters, a used meth pipe and some heroin. 

Around 25 boxes of cookies wound up off the pallets and on the concrete floor. A Girl Scout representative informed police that they couldn't sell boxes that were on the floor, so an officer donated them to a local Salvation Army. 

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