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Thief breaks into vehicle, steals 98 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies, mother says

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - A Fort Wayne mother said nearly 100 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies were stolen after her vehicle was broken into.

Troop Leader Lisa said someone snuck behind her house, used a brick and broke into her vehicle last week.

She said 98 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies were taken from her SUV on Monday early morning.

Lisa said the boxes belonged to her Troop 00145.

Fort Wayne's NBC stopped by Lisa's house to look at her vehicle.

The rear window of her SUV was broken with pieces of glass inside and outside of her vehicle.

Lisa said she found a brick near her SUV of which she said she believes was used to break into her vehicle.

She said the brick she found is the same brick that she uses in her garden.

Lisa said her insurance estimated the total cost of the damages made to her vehicle including the stolen items to more than $8,000.

"I just can't believe someone would do that or go to the extent just to get the cookies inside," said Lisa, a Troop Leader.

Lisa said because the cookies were taken from her personal vehicle, she is responsible for covering the total cost of the cookies.

Other troop leaders said they are worried. They said the vehicle broken into is also used to drive several of the Girl Scouts to charity and volunteer events.

Troop leaders also said there are more limits on where they can sell the cookies they have left this year.

"Trying to find out how to sell the cookies now is hard," said Tiffane, a troop leader.

"But we're going to take it in stride because we're strong Girl Scouts and we'll figure out ways to be able to get through the cookies we have left," said Lisa.

The incident happened near the intersection of West Rudisill Boulevard and Hoagland Avenue in Fort Wayne.

If you have any information or surveillance footage that may help police with their investigation, please call Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-STOP.

A close family friend created a fundraiser to help the members of Troop 00145. If you'd like to donate or purchase Girl Scout Cookies, please click here.

Louie Tran

Louie Tran is the weekend anchor for Fort Wayne’s NBC at 6 and 11pm and a weekday general assignment reporter. To share story ideas, please email him at

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