TALLADEGA, Ala. - A group of Boy Scouts from Talladega, on a trip to south Alabama over the weekend, helped to identify and lead police to the capture of a couple accused of stealing money from the Cub pack in 2003.
James and Mary Kruithof (Crute-off) were arrested Monday morning at a restaurant in Daphne after the boys who were eating breakfast with their troop recognized the couple near their table. They alerted their Scout leader who then notified authorities. Daphne police arrested the pair on two outstanding felony warrants from Talladega. Police Chief Alan Watson confirmed the arrests and said the case involves approximately five-thousand dollars embezzled from a Cub Scout pack in Talladega. The Kruithofs allegedly served as the pack's Cub Master and Den Mother at the time the money went missing. The Scouts were saving the money for a trip to Disney World. Police said the couple will be returned to Talladega to face first-degree theft charges. Their bonds were set at five-thousand dollars each.