COLONIE - A Troy man stole more than $50,000 in food from the Regional Food Bank, then sold it and left another organization with the bill, Colonie police said Wednesday.
Chavez Gibbs, 27, of Troy, was arrested Tuesday and charged with one count of second-degree grand larceny, a felony.
Gibbs is accused of taking the food by using his old employer's account, Albany Damien Center, and then selling it to other not-for-profit organizations in the area that had been paying him to provide the food, police said.
Gibbs is then accused of keeping the money given to him and leaving the Albany Damien Center billed for the food, police said.
The investigation began Friday as the Regional Food Bank on Albany Shaker Road reported the theft of more than 31,500 pounds of food valued at more than $51,000, police said.
The thefts took place between March 13 and Thursday, police said. Gibbs is accused of taking the food on 42 separate occasions, police said.
The thefts also took place during a critical time for the Regional Food Bank and other non-profits as they worked to respond to hardships in the community caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The Food Bank serves 23 upstate counties from the North Country to the Hudson Valley.
Gibbs was on probation for an earlier larceny conviction related to an identity theft, police said in a release, "and there is reason to believe that there may be other not-for-profit victims of this scheme."
Anyone with information on Gibbs or believes they were victimized by him should contact their local police department, police said.
Gibbs was arraigned and released under probation supervision.