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article imageTeen sentenced for stealing money from a girl scout

By Cynthia Trowbridge     Jun 6, 2008 in Crime
On Jan. 30 two teens stole money from a 9-year-old Girl Scout. The girl was selling Girl Scout cookies at a Winn-Dixie in Lake Worth Florida. One teen engaged the child in a conversation while the other grabbed an envelope that contained about $164.
The two teens took off after the one grabbed the money off the table where the cookies were being sold. According to The Girl Scout Gracie Smith turned to her mother in tears and said, "Mommy! That girl took all my money!"
The two girls were caught and allegedly confessed to the crime at the time.
Charlene Rubenstrunk, Smith's mother said the girls returned to the store later to taunt her daughter.
The girls were not remorseful for robbing the girl as they said they needed the money. One girl told WPBF, "We went through all that effort to get it, we got all these charges and we had to give the money back. I'm kind of pissed."
The other girl said that she was upset because the police found them. She said, "I'm not sorry, I'm just pissed that I got caught.
The money was to go toward a sleep-over for Smith. Because the money was not recovered the father of one of the teens paid the money back to the girl's mother.
The older teen, Stefanie Woods, has been sentenced to a maximum of three years in a high-risk treatment facility.
The teens sentence was based partly on a pre-sentence report that stated Woods had tried 10 drugs beginning at 14, including heroin, LSD, ecstasy, cocaine and prescription drugs. According to Juvenile Court Judge Moses Baker Jr. the teen needs to be in a facility so that she can be treated for substance abuse and mental health problems.
According to, Judge Baker said, "She's an out-of-control drug abuser who is absolutely lucky to be alive."
Baker ordered the teen be taken to juvenile detention until a bed in a high-risk facility opens up.
The mother of the teen sobbed and hugged the girl until bailiffs pulled her away. She had wanted her daughter in a private treatment center.
The teen who just turned 18 was sentenced to the maximum of three years because when she turns 21 she will not be under the jurisdiction of the juvenile system. Judge Baker said that it is possible that she could be out in six months or a year. He said his decision for when she can be released will depend on her treatment progress.
According to Prosecutor Polly McFadden the teen refuses "to take responsibility for her own actions and shows no remorse for taking money from a 9-year-old Girl Scout."
McFadden also told the judge that the teen had repeatedly violated probation and a restraining order for the time that she stabbed a boyfriend with a pocket knife.
Stefanie Woods today has been sentenced to three days in the county jail for another offense.
Two-and-a-half weeks after stealing the Girl Scout girls money the two teens ordered two Grand Slams from a Denny's restaurant. The tab was $25.84 and they skipped out without paying it. She had turned 18 at that time, so that is why this case was heard in an adult court.
After Woods serves her three days she will be returned to juvenile detention. Since there are no beds available in a secure state juvenile facility she will remain in juvenile detention until a bed is available which could be as late as September.
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