Police Officer Pays for Shoplifting Suspects’ Holiday Dinner

The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
January 3, 2021USshare
Police Officer Pays for Shoplifting Suspects’ Holiday Dinner
Officer Matt Lima in Somerset, Mass. (Somerset Police Department via AP)

SOMERSET, Mass.—A Massachusetts police officer declined to charge two women accused of trying to steal groceries for the children—and instead bought them Christmas dinner.

Somerset Officer Matt Lima responded to a report of shoplifting Dec. 20 at Stop & Shop, where two women with two young children were accused of putting groceries into bags at a self-checkout kiosk without scanning them.

The women said they had fallen on hard times and were trying to provide a Christmas dinner for the children. Lima says he was reminded of his own children and used his own money to buy $250 in grocery gift cards.

“His actions exemplify what it means to protect and serve the members of our community,” Chief George McNeil said on the department’s website.

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