Cop buys baby food for shoplifter

A police officer who was called to arrest a shoplifter decided to help the alleged criminal instead after he realised he was trying to feed his six-month-old son.

Justin Roby, a detective from London, Kentucky, was called to an incident at a supermarket on 17 January.

When he discovered that the man was a single father who had stolen baby formula for his child, the officer let the man walk free – and bought him the baby milk, too.

“As a police officer, it's not black and white for us,” Roby told WKYT.

“Me citing him for court wouldn't have done any good for him.

“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.

“I think when [a lot of people] look at us, they see just the uniform and just the car, just the tools that we have on our belt.

“But behind the uniform, I'm a human being and I'm a person out in this community just like any of them. I have a little boy. I'm a father just like that gentleman was.”

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