Police on Monday arrested the district’s former director of food services by warrant in connection with the widely publicized theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars from two public school cafeterias. Bruce Gluck, 61, of Middletown Springs, Vt., was charged with first-degree larceny-defrauding a public community, conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny and tampering with physical evidence.
The arrest comes nine months after two sisters who ran food services at Saxe Middle School and New Canaan High School each were charged with felony larceny in connection with the theft of nearly $500,000 from the school cafeterias between 2012 and 2017. An attorney for one of the sisters in the wake his client’s arrest pointed a finger at Gluck, saying the former food services director may have been involved in a fraud. According to a press release issued Wednesday by Lt. Jason Ferraro, the New Canaan Police Department’s public information officer, the investigation that police had launched in December 2017 when district officials first notified authorities about “financial discrepancies” discovered “with the handling of cash” at the cafeterias has continued.
“Further examination of bank and other records, as well statements gathered in the first phase of the investigation, identified Food Services Director Bruce Gluck as another suspect,” Ferraro said in the press release. “Among other findings, banking records showed that Gluck made large cash deposits during the theft timeframe.