Police searching for ‘cookie monster’ accused of stealing from Girl Scouts

Police searching for ‘cookie monster’ accused of stealing from Girl Scouts
Police say this man, who they believe is named Jason, tried to use fake money to buy Girl Scout cookies in Picayune.

PICAYUNE, MS (WLOX) - Police in Picayune are searching for a suspect they say tried to use fake money to buy Girl Scout cookies and, when that didn’t work, stole the cookies and the children’s money.

According to authorities, it happened on Feb. 16 outside a Picayune store. A troop of local Girl Scouts were set up, selling cookies when a man reportedly approached them and tried using a $100 dollar bill to buy them.

Picayune Police released this surveillance photo showing the suspect accused of stealing money and cookies from the Girl Scouts.
Picayune Police released this surveillance photo showing the suspect accused of stealing money and cookies from the Girl Scouts. (Photo source: Picayune Police Dept.)

Police said the girl was counting back change to the man when an adult assisting the scouts noticed that the $100 dollar bill was counterfeit and stopped the child.

That’s when authorities say the man, who they think may be named Jason, snatched the remaining change from the girl’s hand and ran off with the money and the cookies.

This is the truck the suspect drove off in, said police.
This is the truck the suspect drove off in, said police. (Photo source: Picayune Police Dept.)

The suspect fled in a truck, where another man and woman were waiting. Police believe the suspect is from the Hattiesburg/Lamar County area.

Anyone with information about this incident or the suspect is asked to contact Picayune Police Department at 601-798-7411.

Copyright 2019 WLOX. All rights reserved.