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Girl Scout Money Bandit Gets Jail Time, Banished From Albertsons

Above: David Betancourt, 21, was accused of stealing money from a Girl Scout troop who was selling cookies outside an Escondido grocery store.

A man who stole a jar of cash from Girl Scouts selling cookies outside an Escondido supermarket pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor charges of petty theft and resisting arrest and was sentenced to 240 days in jail.

David Betancort, 21, will be on probation for three years. KPBS media partner 10News also is reporting Betancort has been banned from Albertsons.

Escondido police said Betancort grabbed the money from a table outside the Albertsons store on West Valley Parkway about 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 22, then ran to a vehicle and sped off.

A troop leader supervising the girls selling cookies to shoppers took down the thief's license plate number and gave it to police, Lt. Neal Griffin said.

Five days later, officers sent to Betancort's home on an unrelated arrest warrant. Seeing them, Betancort bolted, but was arrested in foot chase, Griffin said.

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