ST. PAUL, Minn. - It is not supposed to be the way the cookie crumbles. At least, not for The Girl Scouts.
St. Paul Police say the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys contacted them on Friday to file a fraud report. They allege someone wrote bad checks for over 600 boxes of cookies at nine different Twin Cities locations. In all, more than $2,400 in losses were reported.
"These young girls work hard to sell their cookies," said Sgt. Mike Ernster. "They work with honesty and fairness in mind as they make these transactions. To think that a person would target them for this type of fraud is unthinkable."
"This is very unusual," said Jolene Ross, Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys. "The public, in general, is usually very supportive of the Girl Scouts."
Ross said the council will cover the losses to the troops don't feel the loss. The public can always make a donation to the organization here.
Police did not release the name on the checks but added they are optimistic that the person responsible will be held accountable.