Police: Man poses as Red Cross worker to steal donations

The Red Cross has been busy helping tornado victims, but they have run into some obstacles. Kentucky State Police say a man posed as a Red Cross employee and stole a significant amount of donations.

"He took, from what we understand, approximately $100 of food items," said Trooper Endre Samu.

State Police say Daniel Leland, 54, was a correctional officer and had volunteered for the Red Cross in the past. Police say Leland showed up at the Red Cross shelter in Morgan County while wearing a Red Cross jacket and took off with supplies.

"Initially, we were led to believe he was taking these items to another county," Trooper Samu said. "That proved to be inaccurate and he was taking it for personal use."

Police found the donations inside of his van. They say he gave several excuses for why he had them, but none added up. Police tell us Leland also threatened Red Cross staff members.

Leland is in jail, charged with second degree robbery.


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