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A Would-Be Shoplifter Gets Kindness Instead Of Handcuffs.

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Police officer Justin Roby showed up on a routine shoplifting call.  But instead of taking the man to jail, Roby extended a helping hand.  

As soon as Roby stepped into Kroger, he saw that this was in fact, not a typical shoplifter.  It was a man caught in a moment of despair.  

"I found out that the father," Roby explained. "Had attempted to steal or shoplift a can of baby formula for his 6-month-old baby."

And as soon as he heard that, a single father ... caught red-handed was let off the hook. 

"You see your son or your daughter in that little carrier," Roby said. "And you think what would you want somebody to do for your son or your daughter?"

Then the officer turned around and did something else shocking.  He bought some more cans of formula for the single father. 

"He was speechless for a while," Roby recounts. "He shook my hand and said thank you, he didn't really say a whole lot."

To Roby, what he did was not that big of a deal.  It was simply what needed to be done. 

"He just had hard times right now and he just needed a helping hand and that's all I did."

This is certainly an example of someone in the community MAKING A DIFFERENCE. 

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