Man accused of stealing money from Girl Scouts apologizes in court

Source: Live 5 News
Source: Live 5 News

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The man accused of stealing money from the Girl Scouts apologized in court Thursday afternoon.

Stephen Sciarrino is charged with purse snatching.

According to an arrest warrant, on February 26, the Girl Scouts had just finished counting money made from cookie sales at the Petco on Savannah Highway.

The warrant states Sciarrino ran up to a table, snatched a Manila envelope containing the cash and fled the scene on a bicycle.

Charleston Police say Sciarrino was identified as the suspected thief from a six person photo lineup by a victim and witness.

Sciarrino told the judge he's had a drug problem for about a year and wants help to kick the habit.

"I have a drug addiction and I violated my probation as well and I'm wanting to get to rehab," Sciarrino said. "I'd like to apologize to everybody I hurt during that incident as well."

Police arrested Sciarrino Wednesday after getting a tip he was getting a haircut at a house in downtown Charleston.

Bond was set at $30,000.

Sciarrino was also in court Wednesday night where he was given a $45,000 bond for a parole violation charge. In that incident, authorities say he was released from prison in February on DUS and DUI charges, but failed to report to probation.

Troop 953 was selling cookies Sunday afternoon at the time of the incident.

At 3:10 p.m. the Girl Scouts counted their money and were changing shifts, and as one of the victims turned her back to the table, she heard her daughter yell and saw a young man believed to be in his 20s running with the container of money, the incident report states.

The victim told police she had just counted the money and that the container held $345 collected from cookie sales.

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