A girl scout troop leader was arrested this week for stealing $26,000 worth of girl scout cookies – that’s 6,000 boxes. Leah Ann Vick, 26, signed up to buy all of those cookies, and refused to pay for them, causing her to get arrested.
“We started contacting her. She did let us know that: ‘I am sorry, it must have been a mistake, I will get those funds back to you,” said Haleigh McGraw, the Girl Scouts spokeswoman. She says that Vick never made good on her word.
As a troop leader, Vick was responsible for ordering the cookies. Fundraising through cookie selling is what the girl scouts are known for, and also brings in the group’s main source of income.
“Right now our biggest concern is actually focusing on recovering and maintaining the troop for the girls. They use those funds for service projects, educational trips. The biggest point of the cookies sale is actually financial literacy,” added McGraw.
Vick was charged with felony theft, according to county Commonwealth’s Attorney Rick Bartley, who informed the press about the ongoing investigation against her.
“It is not clear if the troops sold the cookies and she kept the money or she sold the cookies herself and kept the money,” he said.
If she’s found guilty, Vick could face up to 10 years in prison. She is currently being held in Pike County Detention Center and awaiting arraignment on May 26.