Police: Man stole lunch money from son’s elementary school cafeteria

Posted Jan. 11, 2012, at 7:19 a.m.

HALLOWELL, Maine — Police say a man attending his son’s basketball game at an elementary school went to the cafeteria and stole $40 in student lunch money.

Police say 46-year-old Christopher Cope of Dresden told them that he needed the money to buy kerosene to heat his home.

Authorities say Cope was at the Hall-Dale Elementary School in Hallowell on Jan. 4 for the high school game when he went to the kitchen area and took the money.

Police told the Kennebec Journal that school employees noticed the money was missing on Monday. Cope was identified through video surveillance and charged Tuesday.

He has been summoned to court next month to face theft charges.

It was not clear if he has a lawyer.