By Dave O'Brien | Record-Courier
Streetsboro police are investigating the theft Monday of 13 Thanksgiving dinners destined for families in need in Streetsboro this holiday season after the food items were reported stolen from a collection site.
Streetsboro police Lt. Darin Powers said Tuesday that police know who took the food and where it went.
“However, the case is still under investigation and no determination has been made as to whether charges will be filed,” he said, declining to release the names of any suspects or additional information “until the investigation is complete.”
According to Powers, the food was being collected by the Valvoline Oil Change at 9505 S.R. 14 on behalf of the Streetsboro Christian Cupboard, which serves families in need in the city. Valvoline raised $600 to purchase the turkey dinners to donate to the charity, he said.
The dinners were sitting in white boxes outside Valvoline awaiting pickup by a volunteer when a man showed up at about 10:30 a.m. saying his wife had told him to pick up the items. Valvoline employees helped load the dinners into the man’s vehicle and he left.
At 1 p.m., a Streetsboro Christian Cupboard volunteer arrived to retrieve the items but found them gone, Powers said.
A message seeking comment on the incident was left Tuesday for Streetsboro Christian Cupboard director Malinda Pearl Davis.
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