Spartanburg police are looking for a woman they said pretended to be the mother of a Boy Scout so she could steal from that troop.
Investigators said the woman even helped them collect food for the needy before she robbed them.
Saturday morning that troop was participating in "Scouting for Food," an annual event to collect canned foods and money for charities. While they were doing that, they told police a woman approached them, befriended them and even helped them collect donations, and then took off with the Troop Master's iPad.
The Troop Master said when the woman approached he didn't recognize her but still let her join them, but after about 15 minutes, it became clear she wasn't being honest.
"She was helping and seemed legit, and all the sudden her demeanor changed," said the Scout Master Thomas Hill with the Palmetto Council Boy Scouts. "Then she tells me she lied to me. I had doubts anyway but she told me she's not who she said she was and at that point I just wanted to get her away from the Scouts, drop her off."
The woman asked to be taken back to the Spinx gas station and got out of the vehicle. The troop leader said he then realized his iPad was gone.
The Palmetto Council said they were just trying to collect food for charity, now they have a lot to explain to their young Scouts.
"It's a shame, this kind of thing happens when the Scouts are out doing a good turn," said Todd Davis, a district executive for the council.
Police said it's just another kind of lesson we all have to learn.
"In most cases people want to do good, and most people are good," said Capt. Art Littlejohn of Spartanburg Public Safety. "Sometimes that's how we're victims, because we think people are good but there are times when people take advantage of others."
The Troop Master isn't looking to file charges in this case, he just wants his iPad back.
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