PD: Mom caught stealing groceries to feed kids

TARRANT, AL - When a mom resorted to stealing in order to feed her hungry children, the police officer gave her a hug instead of locking her in handcuffs.

As reported by ABC 3340's Marissa Mitchell, poverty is a big issue in the small town of Tarrant, Alabama.

Last Saturday, a woman was caught stealing eggs from a Dollar General, said Tarrant Police Chief Dennis Reno.

"She (told the officer) my kids are hungry and I need to put some food in their bellies," Reno said.

Instead of arresting her, the police officer bought the woman groceries. 

A bystanding customer caught the act of compassion on camera.


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"That's when I pulled out my phone. If he was going to do what I think he was going to do, that's a pretty good gesture," Robert Tripp said.

The video of the cop's kindness has since gone viral, viewed more than 400,000 times on Facebook.

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