Officer Refuses to Arrest Man After Seeing What Item He Was Trying to Shoplift
Police officer Justin Roby received a shoplifting call from a Kroger grocery store in London, Kentucky. After arriving on the scene, Roby found out that the shoplifter was a single father trying to steal a can of baby formula for his 6-month-old baby.
The manager of the store didn’t want to press charges and Officer Roby agreed. Instead, Officer Roby bought the father baby formula himself.
“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?”
Roby also gave the man a message, saying he told the man there are a lot of people and organizations – including the police department – that are available to help those in need.
Roby told WKYT’s Garrett Wymer that there was nothing special about what he did, saying that his fellow officers do selfless acts – changing tires, giving people rides to homeless shelters – every day. It is just not always seen.
“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,” Roby said. “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.
“We’re not these robots,” he said. “There’s a human behind the badge.”