Update, 4:39 p.m.: Webster police said there was not a robbery after all and that it was just a misunderstanding among the food pantry’s workers, according to WBZ.
Apparently, 1 worker gave away lots of food Tues., didn't pass word along or restock shelves. Next worker arrives, assumes robbery. Oops.— Jim Armstrong (@JimArmstrongWBZ) May 2, 2014
Everyone knows Robin Hood steals from the rich. But who the heck robs a food pantry?
That’s the question some are asking in Webster this week, where a late-night burglar or burglars reportedly stole “all of the best stuff’’ from the Webster/Dudley Foodshare reserves Thursday.
The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports:
"When they (workers) first got there this morning, they noticed the canned goods on the floor in the storage room," said Donna Farrow, director of the Webster/Dudley Foodshare, who is disheartened at the theft. "The girls were appalled -- all of the shelves were empty, and they had stocked them Tuesday morning," Mrs. Farrow said. "We had put up 10 boxes for families of three or four. They were gone. We had empty boxes, but somebody came in and filled them. Obviously it wasn't just one family that came in for food. They took all the staples. ... They took all of the best stuff, like peanut butter and the nonperishables."
Some leftover toys and clothes from a Christmas collection drive were also reportedly stolen.
Police say there were no signs of forced entry, suggesting the thieves may have entered through an unlocked door.
Those interested in helping the pantry restock can drop off donations of nonperishable food items at the Webster Police Department.
Anyone with information on the crime can leave an anonymous tip with Webster Police at (508) 949-3874.