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Mar 30, 2015 6:50 PM

Police still looking for Girl Scouts cash box thief


ROCHESTER - Police are still looking for the man accused of stealing cookie cash from a Girl Scouts money box on Friday. The theft occured while the troop was selling cookies outside a South Main Street Walgreens around 6 p.m.

Pierre Thibault of Haverhill, Mass., allegedly grabbed the cash box while walking out of the store on Friday after 6 p.m.

According to police, a parent of one of the Girl Scouts ran after Thibault - who reportedly dropped the cash box, and some of the money fell out.

Thibault ended up getting away with an undisclosed amount of money, but authorities say the amount was small.

They are still trying to locate him, and have had no luck so far - but they have located his driver.

Over the weekend, police arrested Kayla Lonergan, 19, of Rochester, who now faces several misdemeanor charges.

"To do something like this is absolutely terrible," said Rochester Police Capt. Gary Boudreau.

Police tracked the teen down thanks to a tip from troop leader Michelle Elefson.

Court documents say that Elefson chased after the car - driven by Lonergan - as she drove off, and even tried to box Lonergan in on a dead end street.

Lonergan was able to drive off, but Elefson remembered the vehicle's information - and police were familiar with it: they had pulled the same car over just hours earlier and had arrested Lonergan for driving under suspension.

The teen was later released on personal recognizance, hours before allegedly assisting in the Girl Scouts robbery.

Boudreau said the department is familiar with Lonergan, and that she's been involved with various other crimes in the past.

"There was a history of theft - she's been on community corrections in the past - did not do well on it," said City Prosecutor Joseph Plaia.

Many were outraged over the incident.

"Well I think it's a shame because the girl scouts go through so much time to do that, you know?" said Frank Ward.

Anyone who may know of the whereabouts of Thibault should call Rochester Police at (603) 330-7127.


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