Streetsboro Police: investigation proves 'stolen' turkey dinners from Valvoline was honest mistake

STREETSBORO, Ohio - Streetsboro Police say a thorough investigation shows the turkey dinners taken from a local business was an honest mistake.

On Tuesday, the department reported $600 worth of turkey dinners for the needy were stolen from Valvoline Oil Change.

But on Wednesday, authorities said their investigation proved otherwise.

Volunteers for the Community Food Pantry with United Methodist Church said they mistakenly thought the dinners were for their organization.

The dinners were supposed to go to the Streetsboro Christian Cupboard for the holiday season to feed more than 100 people, but were gone when they showed up to load the food a few hours later.

"We determined there was no criminal intent when the dinners were taken, only a misunderstanding," explained Lt. Darin Powers with Streetsboro Police. "Therefore, no criminal charges will be filed."

The good news is that the donated dinners went to families in need and the donations to all food pantries have increased, Powers said.

"Today 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."

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