Mass. men charged with stealing cookie money from Girl Scouts

Boxes of Girl Scouts cookies: (l-r) Thin Mints and Samoas, photo
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(CBS/AP) NORTHAMPTON, Mass. - It's January - the unofficial start of Girl Scout cookie season - and, sadly, it seems, the season for stealing from the Girl Scouts, too.

Two men are being held on charges they stole nearly $400 from a group of Girl Scouts selling cookies at a store in Northampton, Mass.  An adult supervising the sale suffered a broken nose and arm injuries trying to stop the men.

Authorities say a 22-year-old Nicholas Taverna and 25-year-old Cassidy Michalski, both of Deerfield, were held on $5,000 bail each at their arraignment Tuesday on charges of unarmed robbery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and shoplifting.

Police say the suspects stole two cellphones from the Walmart in Northampton on Saturday and tried to trade them for drugs in Holyoke. When that failed, they returned to Northampton where they had seen 11- and 12-year-old girl scouts earlier, and stole their cash box.