Nearly $600 in cookies stolen from twin Girl Scouts to be replaced

The Stoll sisters
The Stoll sisters

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FAIRFIELD, OH (FOX19) - Girl Scouts of Western Ohio say they will replace 166 boxes of Girl Scout cookies that were stolen from a car over the weekend.

The cookies, valued at $561, were taken from a car belonging to a "cookie mom" that was parked in the Villages of Wildwood apartment complex.

The cookies are being replaced despite offers from all over the Tri-state to donate enough money to cover the cost of the cookies.

The Stoll family learned firsthand that good things still happen, even when it feels like the worst has happened.

Rachael and Kayla Stoll got their cookies back and got what amounts to a huge hug from concerned viewers all over the tri-state.

Total stranger to the Stolls, but a viewer chatting with FOX19 from West Union on our web chat volunteered to pay for the cookies within seconds after our story aired.

"I know we heard about that!" Kayla Stoll said excitedly.

FOX19 received overwhelming responses from all sorts of social media, with everyone wanting to help correct this cookie caper.

"People just really, really think that what happened was wrong," said Girls Scouts of Western Ohio Communication Manager Ann MacDonald. "And we appreciate that because we think the Girl Scouts are pretty special too."

Here's the message MacDonald heard all day Tuesday.

"You shouldn't mess with Girl Scouts," Macdonald said. "Girl Scouts are an important part of the community and if Girl Scouts are hurt, we want to help out."

"You have learning opportunities," said Girl Scout CEO Barbara Bonifas. "So yes, I know it had to hurt to have the Girl Scout cookies stolen, but what can they learn from this? That's really what the issue is and that's what's going to grow them into the women of tomorrow."

Bonifas said the twins are living the Girl Scout promise. And she can handily still recite it, no problem, after 55 years in the Girl Scouts organization.

"On my honor, I will try to serve God and my country, to help other people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout law," she said.

The twins were asked if they think the person or person who stole their cookies, will ever return them.

"No," Rachael quickly answered. "They're probably eating them right now on the couch."

You can still help the Kayla and Rachael's troop, through the project, 'Gift of Caring', where cookies get sent overseas to our military.

Troop number 46899, which is Rachael and Kayla's troop, will get credit for cookies sold. Just log-on to the website for their address and phone number. They would be happy to accept your donation.

The girls can now get back to the business of delivering their cookies, which had been their goal Sunday, after church.

"I was like, 'ahhhhh what happened to the cookies?'" said Rachael Stoll.

She and her twin sister, Kayla, and their mom had just picked-up their cookies Saturday night. Then, after church, the plan was to drop them off to all of the people who'd supported them, starting with grandma.

"She said, 'oh my gosh, why did someone steal those?'" Rachael Stoll said exasperatedly. "I was looking forward to eating those."

And so were lots of other people. Someone busted through the back window of their mom's SUV. The shattered glass was still on the seats.

The thief did not take the family's Bible, which was sitting right there in the middle of all the cookies.

"They broke two commandments," Rachael Stoll said. "The 8th and the 7th." Then both girls chimed together saying, "You shall not steal and you shall not covet your neighbor's stuff."

"These are called the super six," said Ann MacDonald, who is the Communications Manager for The Girl Scouts of Western Ohio.

"These are the most popular cookies across the United States," she said pointing to Tagalongs, Do-Si-Do's and Thin Mint boxes sitting in front of her. "And we are participating in a pilot project just selling six varieties of cookies."

MacDonald praised the girls' mother, Erin.

"She did the right thing, she made a police report, called the police, so she's going to be giving us that report, so that we've got that," MacDonald said.

But, unfortunately, there is no cookie insurance. A homeowners insurance policy could cover such an incident, but the Stolls rent and did not have a renter's insurance policy.

The girls were responsible for the cookie loss, but MacDonald said Tuesday that the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio will replace the cookies.

Amazingly, the girls forgive whoever took off with their cookies.

"I would say I forgive you because, everybody is guilty for something I know you robbed like three cars on our street but c'mon!," Rachael said.

"I would say I forgive you because everyone deserves a second chance," said her sister Kayla.

The mission of Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

"Resiliency is important," MacDonald said. "And hoping that maybe something good will come out of an initial bad situation, those are things their whole troop is going to be learning because the whole troop cares about these two girls."

Police have no suspects in this case. If you have any information on the thefts call CrimeStoppers at 513-352-3040 or the Fairfield Police Department

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