Police are investigating practically a dozen circumstances of residents not getting the Girl Scouts cookies they ordered in at the very least seven Lengthy Island communities this month, authorities say.
To date, Suffolk County police say they’ve gotten 11 stories of cookie fraud from residents in Lake Ronkonkoma, Bohemia, Shirley, North Patchogue, East Patchogue, Mastic and St. James. All of the victims stated they gave cash for Girl Scouts cookies that had been by no means delivered. All made the transactions between June 18 and 20.
In some circumstances, police say the cash was handed to a person accompanied by a feminine baby. In others, solely the feminine baby was current. Greater than half of the 11 stories made had been for documentation functions solely, police stated.
Victims have stated they don’t seem to be overly nervous about shedding cash, however quite are extra involved in regards to the welfare of the younger lady, who has been described as younger as 6 or 7 years previous, or as previous as 11.
Police are trying into whether or not the circumstances are linked. Anybody with data is requested to name 631-852-COPS.
The proprietor of a newly opened restaurant in Patchogue stated he remembers seeing the little lady run inside his enterprise.
“Little young girl, about 11, excited selling Girl Scout cookies, and my wife was right in front and said wow, why not help the little one,” stated Jose Castillo. ” I have kid, and to think someone can use a kid like that it’s heartbreaking. I don’t think it’s fair.”
He and his spouse gave the lady $40 for the treats, however a month later nonetheless wouldn’t have cookies.
Doorbell digicam video from one sufferer confirmed the younger lady strategy the house’s entrance door, with a person in a pink sweatshirt ready for her. It was not clear who the person was, or what his relationship to the lady was.
“It wasn’t the money, it’s the principal of it, what this man is teaching his daughter how to scam people at such a young age,” stated Kevin Zasowski, who was advised the cookies he ordered can be delivered in Might. “I’m not worried about the cookies or the money, just what happened to that little girl.”
The Girl Scout Council of Suffolk County launched an announcement saying it was working with legislation enforcement and inspired anybody who feels they’ve been victimized to succeed in out. It is going to present cookies to those that positioned bogus orders, it stated.
“The Girl Scout Council of Suffolk County was saddened to be taught that any individual would use the inherent goodwill of the Girl Scouts to take cash from their neighbors below false pretenses,” the group said in a statement. “The Girl Scout cookie season is a restricted interval of time every year. Sometimes, it begins simply earlier than New Yr’s and ends on the finish of April or early Might. Anybody promoting cookies at this level within the 12 months is just not representing our council and its efforts.”
“Additionally, during our sale, girls will either have a booth sale where the cookies are available on the spot or will have an order form with the information to be taken,” the assertion continued. “They will not ask for the funds up front. Anyone recording a sale in a makeshift book and taking money is not accurately representing Girl Scouts Of Suffolk County.”