UNION CITY — Girl Scouts selling cookies are a common sight this time of year outside local supermarkets, but a local scout’s experience was shattered Wednesday when her proceeds were stolen by a gunman outside a Union City grocery store, according to police.
Neither the 12-year-old girl nor her mother were hurt, but they were understandably upset, police said. So were police, who have so far donated more than $1,000 to the mother and girl — and also bought all the cookies they could.
The robbery happened about 5:15 p.m. in front of the Safeway store at 1790 Decoto Road. Police said the suspect approached and asked about buying some cookies, but left without purchasing any.
He returned a short time later, displayed a pistol and robbed the girl’s mother of an undisclosed amount of cash that had been collected from cookie sales, police said.
He fled through the store parking lot and has …