Cop Decision After The Girl Was Caught Shoplifting.

Shoplifting is NOT a good thing to do. But when you’re in serious need of certain things, desperation may kick in, and here are 10 stories where shoplifting was a cry for help.

1. In Atlanta, police officer Che Milton – during only his fourth day on the job – responded to a call on a shoplifter at a Family Dollar store. When he got there, he found a very tearful little 12-year-old girl named Heaven Staples.

When he asked her why she was trying to steal a $5 pair of shoes, she told him her little sister needed them. Well, that was enough for the rookie cop to check out her living situation, and when he did, he found that the five young children in the home barely had any food or anything else.

So immediately he bought the young children and their mother some pizza and drinks. Then, he shared his story about the family with other officers on the department. In a very short time, the officers were donating bags and boxes of clothes, food and household supplies to the family.

Che never put Heaven in the system as a shoplifter, saying “We all make mistakes.”


2. Officer Bennet Johns, who had only recently joined the Laurel, Maryland, police department, was dispatched to a grocery store for a shoplifter. When he arrived, he spoke with a 20-year-old woman who had paid for some items but did not have enough money to pay for two packs of diapers, so she walked out of the store with them.

Officer Johns understood her situation. She had an infant son and was only trying to take care of him. So he pulled some money out of his wallet and bought the diapers for the woman before letting her go.

When the incident was posted online, several others donated diapers and other items to the woman and her baby.


3. In Roswell, New Mexico, a 23-year-old father was caught shoplifting some baby formula. When police arrived, the man told them that he had just lost his job. So, instead of arresting him, they paid for four canisters of the baby formula.

The officers’ sergeant praised them, citing “old-fashioned compassion.”

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They also helped him try to find a job, and others in the community donated items to the man, including cash, diapers and clothing.


4. A woman was spotted stealing items at a Hillsborough, North Carolina grocery store, so employees called police. Theresa West told them that she and her three adopted children had gone without food for the past three days.

She said she tried to reach out to the local churches to help them, but nothing happened. So, in desperation, she stole about $36 of food from the grocery.

When officers took her home, they found her refrigerator was completely empty. So, with their own money, the officers bought her $140 worth of food, and said they would continue to help her out until she started receiving support elsewhere.


5. When corporal Ken Sibley arrived at a Family Dollar on a shoplifting call, he found a woman with five kids who were trying to steal items in their backpacks.

When the woman was arrested and being put in the police car, she yelled at her kids to run, so they did. Sibley called for backup and started calling out for the kids, who eventually came to him. They were ages 4, 5, 7, 10 and 12.

Their mom went to jail. But Sibley and other officers did the best they could with the children, eventually learning that one of the little girls had a birthday that day. So the officers pooled some money together, bought a cake and lots of balloons and had a party for her.

When the Department of Social Services came to take the children away, everyone in the police department got together and sang “Happy Birthday” to the little girl.


6. A dog entered a Dollar General store in California and stole a loaf of bread. An amusing video clip shows that an employee tried to stop the dog, but the Huskie won out, making her getaway into the dark night with that loaf of bread.

Bread Theft Suspect

Our friends at Dollar General shared the following video with us. On May 17th, 2017, at approximately 9:20 p.m., the suspect in this video entered the Dollar General on Lerdo Hwy. and shoplifted a loaf of bread. The suspect was able to avoid apprehension and escaped on all fours out the front doors. The suspect is described as: a white and grey Husky last seen carrying a loaf of bread. Any information is appreciated, as he looks hungry. Thank you for watching, and from the Shafter Police Department, welcome to our page.

Posted by Shafter Police Department on Thursday, 18 May 2017

The next day, police “apprehended” the thief dog and her accomplice and they were taken to an animal shelter.

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7. In Italy, police nabbed a 61-year-old woman who was caught stealing biscuits and a can of tuna from a supermarket. She told them she had lost her job and was struggling to survive.

When they took her to the police station, they bought her lunch, then they contacted a local church that agreed to give her some food. Italy’s court has ruled that it is not a crime to steal food if you are poor and hungry.


8. Police in Orem, Utah, responded to a shoplifting call and talked with Rebecca Freemont, a single mother who was trying to steal food to feed her two children.

Officer Jared Goulding said, “It wasn’t Bluetooth speakers… or luxuries. It was food to feed her family that she couldn’t afford.”

At the woman’s home, officers found it almost completely bare, and the only thing hanging on one of the walls was a picture of a Christmas tree drawn by one of her children.

So the officers decided to take up a collection, eventually getting enough to buy a real Christmas tree, presents for her children and lots of groceries. It was a very good Christmas for everyone involved.


9. A man was caught for shoplifting at a Walmart in Toronto. But when Const. Niran Jeyanesan spoke with the man, he realized the young man was very sorry for what he did.

Digging a little deeper, the officer learned that the 18-year-old’s father had just died and there was no more money coming into the household, so the young man was stealing a long-sleeved shirt, a tie and some socks so he could look professional at a job interview.

Niran bought him all the clothing he needed for that interview and the young man was not charged.


10. In Malaysia, a 31-year-old man was caught shoplifting at a Tesco store. He told the manager who was holding him at the store that he was stealing fruits and drinks so he could feed his three young children. His wife was in a coma at a hospital and he had lost his job.

After hearing his story, the manager decided to not call police. Instead, he did something pretty unusual under the circumstances. He offered him a job at his store and helped him with feeding his children.


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