LEXINGTON, Ky.- A police officer in Kentucky was called to deal with a shoplifter, but ended up helping a man in need.
A loss prevention officer stopped a man suspected of stealing baby formula from a Kroger grocery store in London. When Officer Justin Roby arrived, he found the suspect was a single father struggling to feed his 6-month-old son.
“As a police officer, it’s not black and white for us,” Roby told WKYT in Kentucky. “There’s a lot of gray. And you have to cipher through everything and you really need to figure out the whole story.”
The store’s loss prevention officer did not want to press charges. That’s when Roby decided to buy the baby formula with his own money.
“Me citing him for court wouldn’t have done any good for him,” Roby said. “He’s already short on money, can’t afford formula, so me making him appear in court, he’s still not going to have any food for that baby.”
Roby said officers perform selfless acts every day so his actions were not special.
“I think when they look at us, they see just the uniform and just the car, just the tools that we have on our belt. But behind the uniform, I’m a human being and I’m a person out in this community just like any of them. I have a little boy. I’m a father just like that gentlemen was,” Roby said.
The officer’s final message: You don’t have to be a police officer to lend a help hand.