A man who faked a burglary in his own home to steal his daughter’s girl scout cookie money has been arrested.
40-year-old Brian Couture from Forest Grove, Oregon faced a Judge on Friday. He’s accused of faking a burglary to steal the sales his daughter made from selling her girl scout cookies.
Police say that on March 6, Couture called 911 to report that someone had gotten into his home through a sliding glass door, leading to a struggle with the cookie money.
Couture says he tried to fight them off from stealing the girl scout cookie money but that he stood no chance.
Police say Couture was unresponsive when they arrived, and he was taken to the hospital. They searched the area but did not locate a suspect.
Police report that Couture later admitted that he had staged the incident. After investigating, detectives say that he faked the burglary to hide the fact that he stole money from a nonprofit organization in his own home.
A Girl Scouts spokeswoman confirmed Couture is the father of a Girl Scout and there is around $740 in unaccounted-for cookie sales in connection with this case.
According to a statement from the Girl Scouts:
“Since the March 18 arrest in this case, we have been in contact with the Forest Grove Police Department and are working with them to resolve the matter. At this time, Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington is following our normal procedure to collect on funds owed. The stewardship of Girl Scout troop funds is a top priority for our organization, and that is our focus in this matter.”
Couture pleaded not guilty to charges of initiating a false report and improper use of an emergency reporting system in court on Friday.