DELTONA, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Volusia County sheriff’s investigators have made two arrests in the theft of a money box from a 12-year-old girl who was selling Girl Scout cookies outside a Deltona Walmart on Sunday.
The suspects are identified as two siblings from Deltona, 20-year-old Nicholas Delbrugge and his 25-year-old sister, Ashley Winters. The pair are expected to appear in front of a judge Friday morning.
Deputies followed a tip from a New Smyrna Beach police officer who recognized Delbrugge as someone he thought he had arrested in the past. That officer did some online sleuthing and located Delbrugge's Facebook page. Investigators said photographs of the suspect sitting in the passenger seat of a newer-model vehicle appeared to be similar to the car identified in the theft. Deputies also showed surveillance footage taken from the Walmart to a family member who positively identified the suspects.
The Sheriff’s Office obtained warrants for the suspects on Wednesday afternoon. After returning from a trip to North Carolina, Delbrugge and Winters turned themselves in on Thursday evening at the Volusia County Branch Jail and were arrested without incident.
Delbrugge is charged with robbery by sudden snatching and petit theft with a bond of $150,000. Winters was charged with being a principal to robbery by sudden snatching and petit theft with a bond of $50,000. The leader of the Girl Scout troop estimated the box contained about $200 cash.