RICHFIELD SPRINGS – More than $2,500 in Price Chopper gift cards were allegedly stolen from the food pantry at the Church of Christ Uniting in Richfield Springs, Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officer, reported this morning.
The gift cards, she said, were to be distributed by the church to help families in need to purchasing holiday meals.
According to Dembinska, troopers were dispatched to church on Tuesday, Dec. 1 after it was discovered that 65 gift cards were missing. Members of the church also also discovered that an emergency exit door had been pried open.
However, Dembinska said, it’s not certain if the emergency exit was how the suspect entered or exited the church, and that the cards may have been stolen “a few days” before the theft was discovered.
When troopers went to Price Chopper to investigate further, employees told them that they had seen someone allegedly attempting to sell Price Chopper gift cards in the parking lot on Nov. 28.
“We don’t know if it’s the same person,” Dembinska cautioned. “But it’s quite a coincidence.”
Dembinska urges the public to call the State Police, (607)561-7400. (Reference 9956069), if they believe they have any information.