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Police officer buys $100 worth of groceries for admitted shoplifter

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A Florida mom desperate for food -- shoplifts at a local grocery store, but instead of arresting her, a police officer bought the woman groceries.

Police say Jessica Robles went to the store and tried to walk off with nearly $300 worth of food.  That's when she was stopped by an officer.  But instead of taking her to jail, she made a very unusual decision. 

"I made the decision to buy her some groceries because arresting her wasn't gonna solve her problem with their children being hungry, so I went in and bought her some groceries.. $100 worth of groceries, yes $100," said Officer Vicki Thomas of the Miami-Dade Police.

Robles says she found herself in this situation after her boyfriend lost his job.

Thomas says she hopes this will inspire Robles to help others someday.

Read more at FOX 7 Miami: Cop helps admitted shoplifter with groceries

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