Girl Scouts in Modesto will sell cookies Saturday destined for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to replace 300 boxes of cookies stolen from a storage container last week.
The morning of March 13, a Girl Scout employee in Rancho Cordova, about 20 minutes east of Sacramento, discovered that the storage pod holding cookies had been sliced open and its door broken. Cases that had been donated to men and women in the service since this year's cookie sales began in February were gone.
There still were about 70 cases in the container, said Kathie Decker, who runs the cookie program in Modesto for the Girl Scouts Heart of Central California. Official cookie sales ended last weekend, so the Girl Scouts set up a special sale to try to replenish the stock.
"All the cookies we sell on Saturday are going to be military cookies," Decker said. "There will be no public cookies. You cannot walk away with them."
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From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Longs Drugs at 1625 McHenry Ave., cookies will be available for $3.50 per box or $42 per case. The Girl Scouts will send this weekend's cookies to the troops before the end of the month.
"It doesn't matter what flavor we send them. They love it," Decker said. "We get pictures back from military people all holding boxes of cookies. They don't care if it's one melted blob of mint cookies. It's that it's part of an American tradition."
More information about the sale is available at 522-9001.