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Kansas officer buys shoes, diapers for mother who attempted to shoplift

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KANSAS – A Kansas mother was attempting to shoplift some necessary items for her kids when she got caught.

According to ABC News, Sarah Robinson was almost out of diapers when she went into her local Walmart to get more.

“I was just going to potty-train them, but I didn’t have a place for them to bathe,” Robinson, of Kansas City, Kansas, told ABC News. “I had lost my house and all of our belongings, and I don’t have a job.”

Robinson attempted to leave the store, but was stopped by a local officer.

“He noticed [what she stole] were necessities like diapers, shoes for the kids, some clothing,” Roeland Park public information officer John Demoss told ABC News. “He asked her what the situation was, and she broke down crying.”

Officer Mark Engravalle went back into the store, after issuing Robinson a citation, and bought diapers, shoes and clothes for the six girls.

Robinson said she has been struggling to make ends meet for her kids since her husband died in 2012. She never wanted to shoplift, but said she felt like it was her only option at the time.

Robinson now plans to look for a job while doing her best to support her six girls.

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