LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — New images of the person of interest in a scam that robbed a Girl Scout Troop of their summer vacation in Huntington Beach have surfaced, police say.
“I just want to stop her from hurting someone else the way that she hurt me and my girls,” Troop Leader Monique Dudley said.READ MORE: Colin Powell, First Black Secretary Of State, Dies At 84 Of Complications From COVID-19
Their troop sold thousands of boxes of cookies, and to celebrate their hard work, the troop planned a getaway to the beach. Some of the girls had never even been to the beach before.
On Craigslist, Dudley found a rental that she was told was a few blocks from the water.
After telling a woman on the phone this was for a Girl Scout vacation, she was instructed to wire about $1,000 to a Bank of America.READ MORE: Food Truck Crashes In Vernon; One Dead
Security cameras caught a woman trying to make a transaction with the account the money was transferred to, while Dudley never heard from the woman again.
“It hurts my feelings because I feel like I let my troop down by renting this house from someone who was obviously just in it for the money,” Dudley said.
Leila Dudley, Monique’s daughter, said she “thought it was really mean and [she] was actually really angry about it.”MORE NEWS: `Solidarity' Cited In New Deal For 40k Behind-the-Scenes Film & TV Workers
The front desk of the Huntington Beach Police Department is taking donations that will go directly to the troop. They are open seven days a week, including Memorial Day.