Judge orders ‘Cookie Monster’ back into drug treatment, reinstates probation


It’s back to probation for Stefanie Woods, the young woman who became infamous years ago after she and a friend stole cash from a Girl Scout selling cookies at a Boynton Beach Winn-Dixie store.

Woods, now 23, earned the nickname”Cookie Monster” in 2008 after she and another teen took $168 from the Girl Scout, a crime for which she was eventually sentenced to three years in a juvenile facility.

She’s been in and out of trouble ever since, most recently with a probation violation arrest last month after authorities said she admitted to shooting up heroin and having the drug, Vicodin.

The only admission Woods made in court this morning was to taking the Vicodin. Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Richard Oftedal, who could have sentenced her to up to six years in prison, instead reinstated her probation and ordered her into drug treatment.

According to her attorney, Gregg Lerman, Woods will have to spend six months in an in-patient rehabilitation facility. Afterwards, she will spend two more years on drug offender probation.

“I think she’s happy,” Lerman said of the plea after the hearing, adding: “I think she needs to get on with her life and stay out of the spotlight.”


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