UPDATE 2: The Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes has confirmed with News 18 the person in question was also a volunteer with the Girl Scouts organization.
The Girl Scouts provided News 18 the following statement:
"As a volunteer-led organization we have clear and strict guidelines in place for use of troop funds. Occasionally, there have been occurrences of misappropriation or misuse of funds and we address those on a case by case basis. At this time, the volunteer in question has been released from their involvement with our organization pending an investigation. As it is an open investigation, we cannot comment further at this time."- Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes
UPDATE: Eau Claire police say the person believed responsible for the theft from Sam Davey Elementary's PTA fund was also a volunteer for the Chippewa Valley Boy Scouts and is under investigation for missing funds from that organization as well.
Eau Claire (WQOW) - Eau Claire police say they are investigating allegations that a Sam Davey Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association member stole funds from the organization.
Police say a community member came forward in early February and told them the theft had taken place.
The school district says the person accused has never been an employee of the school district, rather was a volunteer with the Sam Davey PTA.
"We are disheartened by the allegations and are fully cooperating with the investigation," the school district said in a press release. "We will continue to do everything in our power to ensure an incident like this does not occur again. This includes working with our schools' PTA members to provide an extra layer of due diligence as these truly outstanding volunteers go about their work.”
Eau Claire Officer Josh Miller said these kinds of financial crime investigations take time. Investigators sift through hundreds, if not thousands of documents before finding anything substantial. And even getting documents can be difficult.
"It typically involves using a lot of subpoenas to get bank records or other financial records," said Officer Miller. "Those take a while to come back because we have to have them signed by a judge. They have to go through the process, then the financial institute or whoever we're subpoenaing has to send it back to us. A lot of times, what will happen is we'll end up going off on a different trail. We'll find evidence of what we're looking for, but then we'll find more."
Eau Claire police tell News 18 they do not know how much money is missing, they say that is part of the investigation.
Police say this is the beginning of a lengthy investigation that will include a look at bank records and subpoenas.