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'Cookie scam' hits at least two homes
Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

Farmington police are looking for help in locating a teenager who apparently scammed local residents by claiming to raise money for a school fundraiser.

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According to a police report filed by officer Brianna Dirks, two different residents contacted Boeckman Middle School last week and asked about cookies they had ordered from a juvenile male approximately six weeks ago.

The residents called BMS because they had not received the cookies they had ordered. Both callers said a juvenile male had come to their door and asked them to buy cookies to support a fundraiser for Boeckman Middle School, to help send him to camp.

However, Boeckman Middle School did not have any such fundraiser going at any time during the year, according to Dirks.

The calls came in late last week, during the last week of school. At this point, Farmington police chief Brian Lindquist said, police are relying on tips from residents to help find the teen who is behind the scam.

"Unless somebody comes forward and says, 'I know who did it,' we don't have much to move on," Lindquist said Monday.

Police are also trying to determine if there are more victims of the teen's scam in the community. Anyone who may have given money to the teen under the pretense of ordering cookies for a Boeckman Middle School fundraiser is asked to call the Farmington Police Department by dialing 911.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and is the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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