How low can you go to do that to a girl scout? What is wrong with the scammers and theives of Sothern California! Don't they have children too? First we have a guy pulling a gun on a girl scout at the door, another guy calling one a hooker, and now there are people buying their cookies with fake cash! They will have to all now go through counterfit fit bill training just like we did at our stores! And they will need armed security guards at their table which will be covered in protective plastic glass. Girl Scout Cookie selling of the future...
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (KABC) -- At least two local crooks managed to swipe cookies and cash from a Girl Scout troop in Rancho Cucamonga using counterfeit money.
The Girl Scouts had just begun their annual cookie drive. Not only did the thieves buy several boxes of cookies with counterfeit money, but they also asked for change to be made.
"The girls are heartbroken," said troop leader Cheryl Williams. "Because they do trust, this is a life lesson for them."
The incident happened last Saturday after troops set up a table outside a local grocery store. A man and woman passed off the $50 counterfeit bills within minutes of each other.
Williams says the transaction seemed innocent enough.
"(The girls) used the counterfeit pen on the money, and it worked," Williams said.
They had been on the lookout for this type of crime after another troop was hit.
Law enforcement is reviewing surveillance video taken from the store in the hopes of identifying the suspects. Rancho Cucamonga Police Capt. Anthony Onodera said they also reached out to the troop to provide training on spotting counterfeit money.
The troop believes they are out a little more than $200 from the incident, and Williams said the girls are liable for that money.
LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (KABC) -- A second case of crooks using counterfeit cash to purchase Girl Scout cookies has come to light in the Inland Empire.
Deputies on Tuesday released surveillance images of a person of interest seen at a shopping mall Feb. 27 in Lake Elsinore. The photos show a young woman with long black hair, jeans, sneakers and a black hooded sweatshirt. No names or other identifying details have been released.
Authorities say unknown suspect(s) bought several boxes of Girl Scout cookies with counterfeit money in that area. The suspect(s) had already fled when deputies arrived.