Thin Mints and Samoas are two of the flavors buyers of Girl Scout cookies find irresistible. However, police officials in Oregon said one consumer went a little too far to satisfy his cravings.
Police said Camden Ducharme, 36, of Salem, is accused of buying cookies from a Girl Scout booth outside a Walmart using counterfeit money, The Oregonian reported.
Ducharme was charged with theft and forgery for passing along counterfeit U.S. currency, according to the Salem Police Department. He was later released from the Marion County Correctional Facility, the Statesman Journal of Salem reported.
Tiffany Brown said earlier this month, a man visited the booth she was running with her two daughters, the newspaper reported. Brown said the man asked a lot of questions and seemed “fidgety."
The man paid for a $5 box of Tagalongs with a $20 bill and received $15 in change, the Oregonian reported.
Can you tell a difference? Salem Police are looking into a report of a counterfeit $20 being used to buy girl scout cookies from the girl scouts. We'll have the story tonight on @fox12oregon at 5pm. pic.twitter.com/BuAT4PzA6B— John Hendricks (@JohnKPTV) February 17, 2020
Brown's 13-year-old daughter, Ava, thought the bill looked odd, KPTV reported.
"The bill didn't look right, it was smaller, bluish tint and it just wasn't the same as the rest of the bills," Brown told the television station. Brown shared a photograph of the bill next to a legitimate one on Facebook, noting, "The troop takes the loss."
Salem police spokeswoman Lt. Debbie Aguilar said officers were able to use video surveillance to identify Ducharme, the Statesman Journal reported.
When Ducharme returned Sunday to Walmart, store loss prevention officers contacted police and he was taken into custody.
Police said they responded to one other incident in which Ducharme used counterfeit money to buy Girl Scout cookies., the Oregonian reported.
"It's not nice, it is not kind to other people and it is not fair," Ava Brown told KPTV. "Us Girl Scouts work really hard and I am proud to say I am a Girl Scout."
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