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Pennsylvania Scout Leader Charged With Swiping $10K From Troops

By    |   Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 03:36 PM

A Pennsylvania scout leader has been charged with stealing more than $10,000 from a Cub Scout pack and a Girl Scout troop.

Heather Belford, 30, of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, was arrested Wednesday on charges of theft and receiving stolen property, Fox News reported. She has a Feb. 4 preliminary hearing and is currently free on bond.

Police have accused Belford of using a Cub Scouts bank card to pay for personal purchases and to take money out of ATMs in spring 2014, totaling $3,411, according to Fox. She allegedly did the same thing to a Girl Scout troop, where her transactions totaled $7,318.

Both troops meet at an elementary school in Upper Providence Township, according to WPVI. The kids reportedly worked different fundraisers throughout 2014 to raise the money Belford is accused of stealing.

“We sold lots of popcorn, we sold some spirit cups," Cub Scout Dylan Callahan, one of 18 in Pack 27, told WPVI.

"My son said it best that it was very sad to know that they worked very hard for all of this and to have it, in a matter of days, taken away from them," Cub Master Jim Callaghan told the station.

WPVI reported that parents said Belford returned 35 pinewood derby car kits to the troops, apparently as an act of remorse.

"I don't know what she was gonna do with 35 cars when she already stole all the money to buy makeup. It just makes me so mad," Marcie Callaghan, Tiger Leader, told WPVI.

Although the county district attorney plans to seek repayment of the lost funds as the case proceeds, the Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts are both broke.

“In this case, she has stolen from children,” Montgomery County First Assistant District Attorney Kevin R. Steele told The Times Herald. “This is money that the Cub Scouts use for Pinewood Derby, for camping trips, for a day camp. Right now, there’s a Cub Scout pack that does not have any funds to be able to participate in those activities. It’s my understanding that she wiped out the funds for the Cub Scouts.”

According to the Herald, donations for the Cub Scouts can be made by emailing pack27cubmaster@gmail.com. Those wishing to contribute to the Girl Scouts should visit www.gsep.org/community/support-girl-scouts.php.

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