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Police say a cookie thief wrote bad checks to the Girl Scouts – for 600 boxes

Investigators say the same person signed 9 bogus checks.

The hunt for Girl Scout cookies is over for the season, but police in St. Paul are hunting for a Girl Scout cookie thief.

Investigators say someone used worthless checks to pay for more than 600 boxes of cookies worth about $2,400, the Pioneer Press reports.

The same person signed nine bad checks to buy cookies in cities including Minneapolis, Maplewood, Shakopee, and Brooklyn Center as well as St. Paul, Sgt. Mike Ernstler tells the paper. Police did not say who it was who'd signed the checks.

Scouts in those areas are part of the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys, a council that includes all the troops in 49 counties.

600 boxes is a small fraction of the more than 4 million they sell. But if you consider that the average girl scout in the council sold 192 boxes last year, that means the scammer cleaned out the inventory of three scouts and then some.

The theft won't hurt the individual scout troops that got burned, though.

Instead, the council will cover their losses, Jolene Ross of Minnesota Wisconsin River Valleys tells KARE 11. Ross says losing money to fraudulent cookie-buyers is unusual for the scouts, who generally find the public to be very supportive of the Girl Scouts.

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