Police Officer Buys Food worth $250 Rather than Charge Women with Shoplifting Groceries

A Somerset Police Officer In Massachusetts responded to a shoplifting incident, but decided the crime didn’t warrant such…
Police Officer Buys Food worth $250 Rather than Charge Women with Shoplifting Groceries

A Somerset Police Officer In Massachusetts responded to a shoplifting incident, but decided the crime didn’t warrant such punishment, so he bought groceries for the suspects instead.

Police officer Matt Lima responded to a shoplifting report just five days before Christmas. On arriving, Officer Lima heard that two women with two little children didn’t scan numerous groceries at the checkout kiosk before leaving.

Lima discussed with the two suspects and learned things had been difficult for them, and this attempt to take home additional groceries was to help provide a Christmas dinner for the children.

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In an interview with WJAR News, the officer revealed that:

The mother of the children was not working and had some other family issues going on and what she had taken was Christmas dinner for the kids.

The Officer, Lima served both women Notice Not To Trespass forms, and didn’t file any criminal charges.

Chief George McNeil , who is Lima’s boss, revealed that “This incident is a true testament of Officer Lima’s great character and decision making.” “The two children with the women reminded me of my kids, so I had to help them out,” Officer Lima said.

Officer Lima then bought gift cards worth $250 with his own money to rensure the women bought groceries for their Christmas dinner at another Stop & Shop location.

I would like to personally commend Officer Lima for his actions. They exemplify what it means to protect and serve the members of our community. When faced with a difficult situation in which a family was trying to provide a meal for their kids, he made the generous decision to not press charges and instead ensured that they would have a Christmas dinner they could enjoy.

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