Kentucky State Police have accused a man of posing as a Red Cross employee and trying to make off with about $150 worth of food intended for storm victims at West Liberty.
Daniel Leland, 54, was being held at the Big Sandy Detention Center on Wednesday night on a charge of second-degree robbery, authorities said.
Leland was arrested after an incident Monday night at a Red Cross shelter in West Liberty, according to Trooper Endre Samu with the Morehead state police post.
Samu said Leland went to the shelter wearing a Red Cross vest and gathered a large cache of food items, including bottled water, 13 cases of ready-to-eat military-type meals, and 10 to 15 "care packages" of food.
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Troopers said Leland threatened Red Cross staffers when they questioned him about taking the food. He also said he was taking the food for distribution in another county, officers said.
The food was later recovered from Leland's van, and he was arrested, police said.
Samu said Leland is a corrections officer and has been an occasional Red Cross volunteer in the past, but he was not working for the agency when he allegedly took the food.