A Maryland police officer bought diapers for a mother who tried to steal them, WTTG reports.
Rookie Laurel Police Officer Bennett Johns was called to a Giant store about a reported theft.
When he arrived, he confronted the woman who told him she tried to steal $15 worth of diapers for her 2-year-old son because she couldn’t offered them.
Bennett wrote the woman a citation for theft but then turned around and bought the diapers for her.
“This mother was going out of her way and doing everything she can to provide for her kid and I can respect that,” Johns told WTTG. “I can sympathize with that as well so that is why I felt compelled to help the mother in purchasing the diapers for the kid.”
“I see [the toddler] and I see myself growing up with a single mother, and I want him to have a better life too.”
More, via WTTG:
Laurel Police Chief Richard McLaughlin says what his officer did is the kind of community policing his department aspires to do on a daily basis.
“I’m very proud of my officers,” said McLaughlin. “All of my officers and particularly this one. I think it speaks volumes that they are doing the right thing for the right reason when nobody is watching.”
Laurel Mayor Craig Moe also says it is the city’s goal to have all its employees help citizens regularly.
“They do many many things that the general public doesn’t really see,” said Moe. “They work hard at it. I can tell you that and we are going to continue to make sure we reach out to the community.”