Police officer Justin Roby received a shoplifting call from a Kroger grocery store in London, Kentucky. But after arriving on the scene, the officer found out that the shoplifter was a single father trying to steal a can of baby formula for his 6-month-old baby. So tragic!
Because the manager wouldn’t press charges, Officer Roby decided not to take action. Instead, Officer Roby bought the father baby formula himself. A true act of Christian compassion!
“As a police officer, it’s not black and white for us,” said Officer Justin Roby. “There’s a lot of gray. And you have to cipher through everything and you really need to figure out the whole story.”
Roby was called to the Kroger on North Main Street in London on Saturday, Jan. 17 after a loss prevention officer stopped a man who was shoplifting.
The suspect was a single father who had fallen on hard times, Roby said. The man was caught stealing baby formula for his six-month-old son, who was with him at the time.
The store’s loss prevention officer told Roby he did not want to press charges, and Roby agreed.
“Me citing him for court wouldn’t have done any good for him,” he said. “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.”
But what Roby did next showed the shoplifter what it truly means “to protect and serve” one’s community.
He bought some formula himself, giving it to the man for his baby.
“You put yourself in the situations,” he said. “I think, ‘Well, what if me and my son, what if this was us?”
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