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LATEST: Woman accused of stealing more than $800 in Girl Scout Cookie sales

LATEST: Woman accused of stealing more than $800 in Girl Scout Cookie sales

by Elizabeth Fay

WAUSAU (WAOW)--Many of us eagerly dish out money for girl scout cookies. Sadly, some of that money might be in the hands of a thief. A Wausau woman is accused of stealing hundred of dollars from a local girl scout.

Selling cookies is 7 year-old Virginia Bauer's favorite part of Girl Scouts. This year, she sold 266 boxes of cookies. But now, her sales list is all she has to show for it.

"I was so happy when I sold the Girl Scout Cookies. I got to play in anybody's yard, but then it got stolen and I was very, very sad," says Bauer.

Bauer's mother, Katie Bedwell, says the theft happened last Thursday when she left her three daughters in the car with her best friend. Inside the car, she stored proof of her daughter's hard work, her cookies sales list and more than $800.

That money is now missing and Bedwell blames her friend. It's a huge disappointment for Bauer.

"I told my mom that I didn't even want to go to girl scouts anymore," says Bauer.

Bedwell says her friend was the only other person who had access to her car and she knew where Bedwell kept the money.

"She made a remark about 'Oh, you have that much money? Let's go shopping,' so that's another key give away that it was her," says Bedwell.

According to police, her friend made contradictory statements. They say she first denied the theft, then agreed to pay it back. Bedwell says she never imagined a friend would steal from her child.

"It was very disappointing that a friend for 6,7 years could turn around and destroy the life of a seven-year-old child."

The case is now in the hands of the District Attorney. The suspect has a criminal background, that includes issuing worthless checks. She has not been charged, so Newsline Nine is not releasing her name.

Online Reporter: Elizabeth Fay

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