In 2017, two police officers caught a woman in North Carolina stealing groceries from a local store. When they heard her story, however, they knew they had to help. This is the wonderful story of people who do the right thing, even when what the other person did was technically wrong. (1)
Cops Help Woman Stealing Groceries
According to WRAL News, officers Keith Bradshaw and Candice Spragins received a call in the fall of 2017 about a woman stealing groceries from a local grocery store. The woman was fleeing the store at the time of the call. They quickly discovered her identity and went to her home to question her. When they arrived, however, they soon learned that this woman was desperate.
The woman, named Theresa West, said that she was very sorry for stealing groceries. She then broke down crying. Through her tears, she explained to the officers that she had come across hard times and struggled to afford to feed her children, who had not eaten in three days.
“We called the churches, and everything and everyone was like: ‘We go through Interfaith Council, we go through this and go through that, and nobody would give us anything. We had nothing,” the mom explained.Source: Global News
Bradshaw had a look inside the family’s refrigerator, and sure enough, it was empty. At that moment, Bradshaw and Spragins knew they had to do something to help.
A Necessary Crime
West returned the $36 worth of groceries that she stole. The two officers then drove her back to the store, where they purchased her $140 worth of groceries so she could feed her children. They posted on the Hillsborough Police Department Facebook page about the incident, explaining the situation and why they chose to help.
“This was not a crime out of greed but one seen as necessary by a mother trying to feed a child,” they wrote. “Sometimes police work is not cut and dry. We are people first and cops second.”WRAL News
They received global press for their act of kindness. They took the moment to encourage people to pay it forward by donating to their local food banks and other similar organizations.