Former troop leader admits to stealing from Girl Scouts

Mug shot of Stephen J. Isar courtesy Allen County Sheriff's Department

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A former Girl Scout troop leader faces two theft charges after police say he admitted to taking money from his troop.

Police believe Stephen Isar, 39, stole more than $8,000 from his Girl Scout troop and the Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana- Michiana, Inc (GSNI-M).

Isar was the Girl Scout troop #145 leader from 2012 through 2014. An affidavit for probable cause outlines how money went missing between July 2013 through November 2013 and then again in February of 2014.

During those months in 2013, Isar’s Girl Scout troop lost $6,868. In February of 2014, The GSNI-M saw a deficit of $2,095 from their bank account.

In December of 2014, Isar admitted to taking money from the troop. He told police he took money from ATM withdrawals between July 2013 and September 2014. However, he denied taking money from GSNI-M in February.

After Isar left the organization, the troop’s bank account was supposed to be at $3,400. However, when the new leader of the troop checked it, there was only $4 left in the account.

Isar told police he was going through financial turmoil and needed to use the money. He said he would replace it when he got back on his feet but that never happened. Police said he is going through bankruptcy and foreclosure on his house.

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