Shoplifting call turns into random act of kindness by police officer

By Lynn R. Mitchell

It would be good to hear more stories like this about police officers instead of the negatives that are often exploited by media. Most cops are our neighbors and friends, every day men and women like the rest of us.

A Kentucky police officer was called by Kroger grocery store to apprehend a man who was caught shoplifting baby formula for his six-month-old, who was with him. Fox News shares the story:

A Kentucky police officer’s act of kindness helped a single dad get out of a tough situation.

Officer Justin Roby was called to the Kroger grocery store in London, Kentucky on Jan. 17, after a loss prevention officer stopped a man for shoplifting.

The man, who had his six-month-old baby with him, had fallen on hard times. He was caught trying to steal baby formula.

“Me citing him for court wouldn’t have done any good for him,” Roby said to WKYT. “He’s already short on money, can’t afford formula, so me making him appear in court, he’s still not going to have any food for that baby.”

The store didn’t press charges against the father in light of his circumstances. But what Roby did next took the dad by surprise. Instead of placing him in handcuffs, he bought the father several cans of baby formula.

As the Officer Roby said, “There’s a human behind the badge.”



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