PATCHOGUE, Long Island -- Police on Long Island are investigating a cookie hustle involving a father/daughter duo who police believe went door-to-door asking for money on the spot and promising to deliver on Girl Scout cookie orders.
According to police, the pair took the money in advance but never delivered them.
Kevin Zasowski said back in April, a friendly girl, who was about 5 or 6 years old, approached him at home asking if he'd like to buy some Girl Scout cookies.
As a former Boy Scout, Zasowski was more than happy to contribute.
He gave the girl $20 and ordered four boxes, while a man who said he was the girl's father stayed on the street smoking.
Police now believe the father and daughter team were running a cookie scam.
The Girl Scouts of Suffolk County is now urging all victims to file a police report.
They're also promising to honor all bogus orders since the homeowners were only trying to support a good cause and should have their favorite cookies.
"It breaks my heart," Michael Lewis said.
Lewis' 9-year-old daughter is in the Girl Scouts and has accompanied her on door-to-door cookie sales, but scouts are supposed to be in uniform when selling and they never take cash upfront.
He says his daughter was crushed to know someone would try to exploit the beloved Girl Scouts
"You could see the disappointment in her face. It was almost as if she was taken advantage of," Lewis said.
Whether or not the young girl knew she was cheating donors is unclear.
"It's not the money. It's not the cookies. It's what this gentleman is teaching his daughter. A life of crime like this," Zasowski said. "The real victim is that little girl."
Victims are hoping the father is caught soon and his child is given proper care.