By LeaAnne Klentzman
Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel said Thursday that a pair of Lakemont teens; one a juvenile and the other identified as Justin Rogers-Zenon, 18, have been taken into custody for robbing the Girl Scouts. Haenel recapped the robbery explaining that last Saturday afternoon, shortly before 2 pm, a young Black male, approached a Girl Scout Cookie stand in front of the Bella Terra Walmart, located along State 99 and Bellaire Boulevard. According to Haenel, the teen acted like he was going to purchase cookies, but instead grabbed a cash box and bolted to a small vehicle that had rolled up in front of the cookie stand waiting for him.
Outraged, two of the Girl Scouts gave chase. One of the girls, a 15 year old, was knocked to the ground suffering bruises and abrasions. Community Volunteer Fire Department responded and treated her at the scene. Deputies searched the area for the suspects and their get-away vehicle but were unsuccessful. The following afternoon about 5:25 p.m., Deputy B. Villa was patrolling the north central area of Fort Bend County when he spotted a vehicle matching the description of the one used in the Girl Scout heist near a Chevron station on FM 1093.
Haenel said, “Four black males were inside the vehicle and the deputy detained them until other deputies and the detective on the case arrived.” Detective J. Martin questioned the occupants of the car, one of whom resembled the male in surveillance photographs taken at the scene. Interestingly, he appeared to be wearing the same hoodie as observed at the WalMart photos from the day before. None of the other teens in the car Sunday afternoon are believed to have been involved in the Girl Scout cookie heist according to Haenel. Deputy Villa’s attention to detail and his alert patrol procedures led to the eventual detention of the juvenile in this case and the arrest of Rogers-Zenon.
The following Thursday, at about six in the evening the 16 year of old juvenile suspect in this case was detained at his home on a directive to apprehend; a warrant for juvenile offenders. He was taken to juvenile detention. Justin Rogers-Zenon, 18, a Foster High School Senior, was delivered to the Sheriff’s Office by a relative at about 9:15 p.m. that Thursday evening. His bond was set at $10,000, he posted bail about 2:30 a.m. that Friday morning.
Haenel said the amount of money taken in the heist was between $50 and $100. He went on to say that after the case garnered national attention calls for donations came from as close as Fort Bend residents and as far away as Beverly Hills, California, Denver, Colorado, Tennessee, and Kentucky.