A former cook has been charged with larceny and conspiracy, after being accused of stealing food and other items at the Carver Council on Aging in Carver, Massachusetts.
David Lavoie, of Plymouth, was arraigned on the charges Nov. 22 in Wareham District Court.
Police said an investigation began back in September after they were tipped off that items like prime rib were being ordered by Lavoie at the Carver Council on Aging, but not being served to the patrons.
"Prime rib started the whole investigation and then other food items," said Carver Police Chief Marc Duphily.
Police said they set up surveillance and caught Lavoie stealing large quantities of food. At least two times, he was caught after hours.
Also charged was Lavoie's girlfriend Tracey Archer and her daughter, Kimberly Parkman, both of Plymouth.
"They used his key to have access to the building on weekends, when nobody was around," Duphily said.
During paint night at the center on Wednesday, seniors said they were shocked.
"I just couldn't believe it you know, he was a working man, a hard working man. And I just never thought he would do anything like that," said Jim Collins.
Other food allegedly stolen include canned and boxed goods from the food pantry as well as buffalo wings.
"One of the things that became very suspicious to us, the fact that he had ordered buffalo chicken wings, a hot spicy item that is not normally served to an elderly population," said Duphily.
Lavoie was put on leave by the town after the allegations surfaced. He has since resigned from the job that he held for 6 and a half years.
Police said they are unclear how long the alleged theft had been going on.
Lavoie, Archer and Parkman are all due back in court on Jan. 9.