California heroin addict admits to robbing Girl Scouts for cookie money to buy drugs BY Meg Wagner NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 7:23 AM KNTV Cody Phillip Gintz, 23, arrested Sunday for allegedly stealing $300 from a Girl Scout troop selling cookies outside of a Safeway. A California heroin addict said he stole cookie money from a group of Girl Scouts to support his drug habit. Cody Phillip Gintz confessed to the Sunday San Jose swoop and said he immediately felt guilty — especially after a 10-year-old scout started yelling at him. "I definitely feel bad about it," the 23-year-old said in a jailhouse interview with NBC Bay Area. "I would definitely tell them I'm sorry." Gintz said he was broke and experiencing an intense heroin withdrawal Sunday when he stopped at a San Jose Safeway to use the bathroom. He noticed a troop of scouts selling cookies near the entrance and eyed their lunchbox full of money. That’s when his addiction took over, he said. Gintz said he stole the Girl Scouts' lunchbox full of cookie money because he needed drugs. "Normally, I would never try this," he said. "But I was desperate, so I tried." Gintz snatched the lunchbox — filled with $300 in cash — and ran off as the 10-year-old Girl Scouts and their troop leaders screamed at him. He felt remorse when he heard the little girls’ cries, he said, but ran away before anyone could catch him. “I didn’t know a guy would do that,” 10-year-old Girl Scout Sophia Contos said. “I didn’t know people would do such a thing.” Gintz pocketed the cash and dumped the lunchbox in a nearby creek. Then, he went back to the parking lot where one of the troop moms recognized him getting into his car. Police tracked him down, found the cash and returned it to the scouts. The officers also purchased every box of cookies the troop had left — $240 worth of Thins Mints, Samoas and other goodies — and made a $60 donation. That doubled the girls' earnings for the day. Gintz was charged with strong arm robbery and is being held on $50,000 bail. The 23-year-old said he’s planning on seeking help for his drug addiction.