Local Police Officer Responds to Shoplifting Incidence with Humanitarian Compassion

Somerset Police Officer Matt Lima Source: Good News Network

Five days before Christmas, Officer Matt Lima responded to a report of shoplifting at a local Stop & Shop.

Upon arrival, Officer Lima discovered the two women had not scanned all their items at the self-checkout kiosk before exiting the store.

After apprehending the two suspects and taking them aside, Lima discovered that the women had fallen on hard times due the economic downturn and had stolen the groceries to provide Christmas dinner for their families.

Officer Lima told WJAR News, “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.”

Refusing to file criminal charges, Lima served the two women Notice Not To Trespass forms.

Next, Officer Lima proceeded to purchase $250 worth of gift cards with his own money so the women would be able to purchase groceries at another Stop & Shop location.

Lima’s boss, Chief George McNeil, said, “This incident is a true testament of Officer Lima’s great character and decision making.”

“I would like to personally commend Officer Lima for his actions,” Chief McNeil continued. “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.”

Officer Lima when asked to comment stated, “The two children with the women reminded me of my kids, so I had to help them out.”

Source: Good News Network