Three cooks face allegations that they stole food from kids

Judicial agents said Wednesday that three women who worked as cooks at a public school have been systematically looting the kitchen there of food.

Agents detained the trio Wednesday as they left the school in  the Cristo Rey section of San José with bags containing rice, beans, spaghetti, meats and other foodstuffs.

The Judicial Investigating Organization said that the three women worked in the kitchen. It is designed to provide meals for school children and is an important source of nourishment for youngsters in low-income areas such as Cristo Rey.

Agents said that the thefts may have been going on for a year. School officials became suspicious in February when they noticed less food there than had been expected. An investigation followed.

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