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Denied by Supermarket, Man Swindles Girl Scouts With Counterfeit $100 Bill

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Courtesy South Pasadena Police Department

When a man was turned away from a grocery store for trying to pay with a fake $100 bill, police say he found more unsuspecting victims: Girl Scouts.

Police are searching for a man who bought three boxes of Girl Scout cookies with the counterfeit bill outside a South Pasadena supermarket on Friday.

He had tried to buy detergent in the Vons in the 1100 block of Fair Oaks Avenue at about 5:30 p.m. but an employee recognized that the money was fake, according to a South Pasadena Police Department press release.

The man, believed to be 18 and wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, then left the store, where scouts had set up a table to sell cookies.

He bought three boxes and received change from the girls. Their Girl Scout leader later discovered the bill wasn't real, police said.

Police are asking anyone with information about the theft to call 626-403-7280.

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