Cop buys shoplifters' groceries

MIAMI-DADE -- A South Florida mother caught shoplifting food for her children got a helping hand from a police officer.

Jessica Robles was stopped as she walked out of a store pushing a cart filled with food she did not pay for but instead of arresting the woman, Miami-Dade Police Officer Vickie Thomas bought her groceries.

"She came out and asked do you even have food at the house? And I looked at her and in her face, and told her no, not at all," said Robles.

"I made the decision to buy her some groceries because arresting her wasn't going to solve the problem with her children being hungry," said Officer Thomas.

Robles was charged with a misdemeanor and given a notice to appear in court.

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