KEY POINTS

  • Police said local Girl Scout troops called twice to report someone had used counterfeit bills to buy cookies outside Walmart
  • Camden Ducharme, 36, was identified by police using a description from the scouts and security footage from Walmart
  • Ducharme was arrested Friday in Salem, Oregon, and is being charged with theft and forgery

Police arrested a man in Salem, Oregon, on Friday for allegedly paying for Girl Scout cookies with counterfeit bills.

Camden Ducharme, 36, was arrested after police reportedly identified him as a person of interest in their investigation into the counterfeit cash. Police said he would be charged with forgery and theft.

He was booked at Marion County Jail, but was released shortly after.

Police said they had been investigating the counterfeit bills after receiving two calls earlier in February from local Girl Scout troops. Scout troops had been set up outside a Salem Walmart at least twice in February selling cookies when they reportedly discovered the fake bills. They said a customer had allegedly used a counterfeit $20 to buy cookies and was given real currency for change.

The troops reportedly gave police a description of the suspected counterfeiter, but did not have a name.

Ducharme was identified after he was seen on security footage and guards recognized him as being present both days. He was also a reported match for the physical description the scouts provided police.

Security held Ducharme at the store until police arrived.

“We want to thank the victim for making the report and providing such a good description of Ducharme,” Salem police said. “We also want to thank Walmart for helping us identify him in such a timely manner.”

Girl Scout Cookies Girl Scouts sell cookies as a winter storm moves in on February 8, 2013 in New York City. The scouts did brisk business, setting up shop in locations around Midtown Manhattan on National Girl Scout Cookie Day. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images