• Woman accused of stealing almost $5K from local Girl Scout troop


    A woman accused of stealing almost $5,000 from a Girl Scout troop in the North Hills turned herself in to police Wednesday.

    Teresa Gatto, who faces a charge of theft by unlawful taking, was released on unsecured bond and faces a hearing on Aug. 14.

    According to the criminal complaint, police were called to the West View/Perry service area of the Girl Scouts of Southwest Pennsylvania.

    Several volunteers filed a complaint on behalf of the organization against Gatto. The volunteers alleged that Gatto had cashed checks from the troop’s bank account for personal benefit.

    The criminal complaint said Gatto opened an account that was supposed to be for the girls’ trip to summer camps. However, when volunteers checked the account statements, they showed checks payable to cash or Gatto, the complaint said.

    Some of the purchases were for items that include gift cards and a pair of Kennywood tickets.

    In all, Gatto is accused of stealing about $4,818. She claims she used the money to buy items intended for the use of the Girl Scouts at summer camp.

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