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Skateboarder charged in Girl Scout cookie money theft

March 6, 2013 |  3:03 pm

The man who allegedly swooped past a Girl Scout troop on a skateboard, swiping more than $550 in cookie money, has been charged with petty theft and giving false information to a police officer.

The San Bernardino County district attorney filed the charges against Collin Christian Sawyer, 20, Wednesday morning. Sawyer was scheduled to be arraigned at Superior Court in Victorville this afternoon.

According to the district attorney’s complaint, Sawyer provided a false name when he was arrested. Both charges are misdemeanors.

Girl Scout Troop 1303 was selling cookies in front of a grocery store in Phelan on Sunday when Sawyer allegedly skated by and swiped a bag containing the money. One of the Girl Scouts ran after him and fell, suffering minor scrapes and scratches, according to police.

Sawyer, who lives in Phelan, was spotted near a gas station about 7:20 p.m. Monday and taken into custody, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

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-- Cindy Chang

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