To Hide Missing Girl Scout Cash, Dad Went to Extremes: Cops

Brian Couture accused of faking burglary in Oregon
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2019 9:35 AM CDT
To Hide Missing Girl Scout Cash, Dad Went to Extremes: Cops
A girl stacks boxes of Girl Scout cookies in Pottsville, Pa., on March 17, 2019.   (Andy Matsko/Republican Herald via AP)

(Newser) – Brian Couture has missed his shot at "father of the year" in the eyes of Oregon police, who say he staged a burglary to hide the theft of $740 his daughter raised selling Girl Scout cookies. Couture, 40, was found unresponsive in his Forest Grove home on March 6 after calling 911 to report a struggle with a burglar who'd entered through a sliding glass door, per KPTV. "There were cops from all over, dogs, the forensic team," a neighbor tells KGW, adding the reported crime left her "afraid to be home by myself." Police say Couture later admitted there was no burglary, though he's pleaded not guilty to initiating a false report and improper use of an emergency reporting system. (A man bought a troop's entire stock of cookies before his arrest.)

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