Streetsboro: Police find who stole church's donated turkey dinners

7:17 PM, Nov 21, 2012   |    comments
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STREETSBORO -- On Monday, Streetsboro police went to Valvoline Oil Change on state Route 14 to take a theft report. The manager at Valvoline said that their business had raised money to purchase 13 turkey dinners that cost $600.

The turkey dinners were being donated to the Streetsboro Christian Cupboard for the holiday season. The dinners were in white boxes sitting outside the building where a volunteer was scheduled to pick them up.

A person showed up at about 10:30 a.m. and said his wife told him to pick up the dinners. The employees assisted in loading the dinners into the person's vehicle and he left.

At 1 p.m., the volunteer from the Christian Cupboard arrived and found the dinners gone. At the time, there were no suspects.

But Tuesday the Streetsboro Police determined who took the dinners and where they went.

The turkey dinners were taken by mistake by another food pantry in Streetsboro: The Community Pantry with the United Methodist Church of Streetsboro.

Volunteers for the Community Pantry made the mistake of thinking the dinners were meant for their organization and it was determined that there was no criminal intent when the dinners were taken, only a misunderstanding.

No criminal charges will be filed.

Fortunately, in this case, the missing dinners were donated to families that were in need and the donations to all food pantries have increased.

On Wednesday, employee organizations from the Streetsboro Police Department, the Streetsboro Fire Department and the Streetsboro Service Department each donated $200 for a total of $600 to the Christian Cupboard to replace the meals that went missing.

More than 350 families a month depend on the Streetsboro Christian Cupboard. Those who look forward to the free Thanksgiving meals now may have to go somewhere else or go without.

The Christian Cupboard still could use your help. Call the Streetsboro Christian Cupboard at (330) 626-3244.


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