Judge Denies Bond for Woods

By Al Pefley  email

West Palm Beach, FL (WFLX)

A Lake Worth teen who made headlines for stealing money from a Girl Scout selling cookies was back in court Wednesday.

Stefanie Woods who's  behind bars now on new charges  wants out of jail. Wearing a blue jail uniform and her feet shackled, 19 year old Stefanie Woods came to court, hoping to go free on bond.

In court, the judge heard a tape of Woods' statement to Palm Beach Gardens Police.

"So are you guys trying to tell me right now that I'm going to jail?" Woods says on the tape. "We're gonna give you a chance to come clean," detectives told her.

Woods is accused of taking part in a drug-related kidnapping and robbery in Palm Beach Gardens in September with her boyfriend, when a man was forced at gunpoint to hand over some pills.

Woods told police she didn't want to go through with it, but was forced to go along.

At one point in court, she wiped away tears while her taped statement with police was played.

Woods gained notoriety in 2008 when she and another girl stole $164 cash from a 9 year old Girl Scout who was selling cookies outside a supermarket near Boynton Beach.    At the time, here's what she told us in an interview shortly after the incident in 2008.

"I know it was a crime, but it was an easy crime," she said, laughing.  "I mean who doesn't, who doesn't  like money? Woods said.

Woods served 8 months for the Girl Scout cookie caper and went through a drug-treatment program before being arrested again on these latest charges in September.

Late Wednesday afternoon, a judge decided to keep her behind bars without bond.

Woods' mother had this to say as she left.  "I think that maybe they should put some focus on finding the third suspect who they obviously said is dangerous and armed.  But yet he remains free. So I'm gonna worry about my daughter and maybe the Palm Beach Gardens Police department can focus on that," Woods' mother said outside the courtroom after the bond hearing.   Stefanie Woods did not testify at the hearing.

If convicted of these latest charges of kidnapping with a firearm and robbery with a firearm, Stefanie Woods could face a possible life sentence.