Officer Vicki Thomas spent $100 on groceries to help a mom she originally stopped shoplifting.
The generous cop says she did it because she could identify with the woman's desperate situation.
"I did it just because I needed to," Thomas tells CNN's Chris Cuomo.
"She touched me, when I asked her why she did it and she said she needed to feed her children, I could relate. I was a single mom and without the help of my family, that could have been me. And so I needed to do my job but I also needed to help her."
Thomas spotted mom Jessica Robles trying to walk out with a cart load of supplies in Florida.
Robles said she found herself in a situation where she looked at her children, 12-year-old Anais and two younger boys, and realized she couldn't buy food.
Thomas was called in to arrest the woman but instead of taking Robles into custody, Thomas ran her criminal history and found she didn't have a dangerous past.
The officer saw Robles was not a habitual shoplifter so she charged her with a misdemeanor and a notice to appear in court.
Thomas also took an extra step to help the woman and bought her $100 worth of food saying, "I made the decision to buy her some groceries because arresting her wasn't going to solve the problem with her children being hungry. "
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Since the story has gone viral, Robles has had many people reach out to offer help.
Officer Thomas says even though she didn't seek out attention for her generosity, it is nice to be appreciated.
"It’s amazing, it’s so hard to explain because I do a lot. And 'thank you' is very seldom heard in my profession. Most of the time when we go, no one is happy to see us. So this was just, it’s overwhelming, I’m so so very proud."
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She now has skills as a bagger and can qualify for a job at the same publix. What a wonderful and heart warming story....
Awesome work Officer Thomas!! May God always look after you!
How can I reach out and help Jessica Robles? I have kids clothes that I can donate to her kids.
Yes there are still some good and caring police out there
I'm so amaze with this police woman..despite of her protocol to obey the rule as an officer to protect the sorrounding but she dis obey inspite she ask why...you did this...as she know the answer she was touch her heart and made the subject..to buy groceries for feed to the hunger family...if i were i gave him a honor of valor
You are a very remarkable person. On behalf of many who won't comment on this story, THANK YOU! for being a true American...there should be more like you. Not only do you protect and defend...but you are ONE IN A MILLION!
I will make it as brief as possible before you lose interest. My 13yr old daughter was molested for 4yrs by a 17yr old in my exwifes house. She lives in silver springs maryland. The police and social services will not charge him with any crime. He admitted everything to the police and social services. My exwife refuses to press charges because she is MARRIED to the boy's MOTHER. Yes! Mother... I have been fighting a custody battle to get my children but what can a poor man do? Paying over 1400 in child support prevents a good father from having any available funds to get his children. So my daughter stays in an unhealthy environment because I give all the money to her mother. Im a retired vet. If anyone can get the word out to help me please contact me. My daughter is in immediate peril. I have sent this to many stations and have recieved no response. Thank you Brian
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ALL COPS ARE NOT BAD THAT WAS A GOOD THING SHE DID FOR THAT FAMILY.
I would like to tell that officer that I am soooo thankful for her actions because she gave me back the belief in humanity, especially from a police officer. Nowadays all you hear is the officer pulled out a stun-gun or shot the suspect. You never hear of great deeds as such from police officers. In my teen days, I remember if a kid was caught doing something the officer would give the kid a huge lecture and brought him home and told the parents. From thereafter, the parents gave the kid a piece of their mind or punished the kid. Today parents do not take responsibility and allow their kids to do at will. But the caliber of the officers then was extremely higher than today's. Congratulations to this officer!!! She is one in a million.!
This officer story is The Good Stuff. We have some of the same stories here in Regina. Recently Regina Police Officers were called to a back-alley, where they found a severely injured dog. Unable to find the owners at the time, they went into their own pockets, put the call out to other officers who were on duty, and soon had over $2000.00 for his care. If you would like the whole story, go to Facebook Regina Police Service, and all the information is there. This story truly showed there really is Good Stuff, even North of the Border!
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thankyou to the office for helping this mom, as a mother myself , you never want to see your kids hungry , in need ,or unruly. im grateful that you have a wonderful heart , I thank god that you are in a position to help and assist. angels on your side ,be safe , be careful ,so that you your love can share.
that was a good story some people are in need, why can she apply for food stamps?
That was a wonderful thing to do!
What an angel that officer is. May God bless her. This story is touching. ♥
People are always do quick to down police officers. Wonderful to hear of the good things they do, FINALLY. BLESS YOU Officer Thomas. You are a GOOD SOUL
That is such a touching story. Is there a address were people could mail her some food items to help out?
That my fellow viewers is policing at its best. This officer is a stellar example of how all police should be be trained and conduct themselves. Bravo Zulu to you Officer Vicki Thomas I wish there were more police in and out of uniform that have a heart as big as yours, and a professional and human nature as real and true as yours. This is an act on your part that should not be forgotten or go unanswered by your Chief of Police. Outstanding in my opinion.
What a generous and intelligent officer! Ms. Robles should not spend one more minute shedding tears. She needs to spend her energy seeking out some assistance through community agencies so that when she appears before the judge she can prove she has taken positive steps to secure a support plan moving forward and won't end up in the same situation again. I don't know this woman's situation, but her lack of criminal background would indicate that she is not just a scammer and thief. Agencies are out there to help people who offer assistance to those genuinely in need. She's a good mom!
Great job officer. One of the few times a COP wasn't aggressive rude or domineering .... She should be a supervisor!!!!
Thats whats up! Im so happy police lady helped her! Her children was hungry! Im happy to see there is still lots of kindness in the world!
I've gotten used to reading about how police beat and abuse those they are entrusted to protect...this was a nice change. An officer with compassion...who'd a thunk it?
I think it's great that the officer was so kind. But I also can't help but wonder how much that huge tattoo must has cost, and how much food that could have bought.
ok so the cop did a good deed. but mom looks healthy enough to get her ass off the sofa and get a job. she has a really nice and expensive tattoo
Hopefully the officer give her info on how to apply for food stamps ( SNAPS )?
3 kids, tatoos, no husband ?, no job ?, no education ? no support group ?
Give her BHO food stamps, free cell phone, free car, free place to live.
What am I missing ?
Why isn't she on food stamps? Surely the cost of providing her with expedited food stamps would outweigh further bogging down our courts and chasing her around to pay a fine or serve time.
She can't afford food but she can afford that expensive tattoo on her chest.
I think a Commendation for this Officer is in order here !!! ... Humanitarian above and beyond the call of duty ... Outstanding !!!
This story made me cry. Because I have been there before and its not easy. God bless you and may god be with you and your kids always.
what a cop....wonderful
If they are hungry all the time, why are the fat?
from my point of view he is a good man deal as a human being because of her children
Top man.. But beside him most of the cops are rude
This is beautiful. I wanna do something like this one day. The sooner the better
where the hell is the father? take her to jail and find the father, make him pay her too. find a job for her.
so much for cops enforcing the law i guess.just gotta give some sob story and you can get away with stealing
Thank you for your comments. The woman was charged for her actions, but the police officer also showed compassion by helping her family.
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did you not read? She got arrested and charged.
Very nice of the Officer, but my question is does this woman get food stamps? I know a lot of people abuse food stamps by selling them to people for 1/2 the value. I am not saying this woman did this but was wondering if she gets assistance. A pat on the back to the Officer though for his kind heart! :)
may the Almighty God reward the police officer,,am touched ,,
God bless the police officer we need more people helping people our country and people need to stick together. Times are very hard
Congrats to the Officer for stepping up and doing the RIGHT thing! She still has to be responsible for her behavior held accountable but given what she needed by the one person who could of just arrested her, this Officer deserves an award for being human.
This is a cop who swore to protect the law, but still has a human heart. Good job, let her deal with the courts later after she feeds her kids.
Cool officer. The Officer should have made her contact Salvation Army to get a list of Food Banks nearby for the kids afterwards.
Was it so hard to be in the side of the people instead of the law,"I was hungry and you fed me"Whomever does this to the littlest of your brothers does it for me.
God Bless the officer!
Hats off to Officer Thomas for serving justice and solving a problem that the system wont. Her out of pocket assistance certainly is a lot less expensive compared to what the cost would be if she arrested the woman then called in Child Services to check on the kids. Its money well spent and will certainly be paid forward tenfold. Thank you Officer!
Wow! I feel like crying.Even in God's own America?May God help us all.
Love hearing stories like this! Wish everybody was like the officer.
The Officer acted out of kindness and compassion. The ticket was out of the books a law. Throwing the mother in jail would have turned a bad situation into a Sad situation. If the woman had a caring neighbor or family she would not been desparate for food. It didn't describe the food she was stealing but I hope it was healthy and not candy or sodas.
May God bless you abundantly for being such a blessing to this family. It just warms my heart to know there ARE still good people out there!
A great story for a Tuesday.
I wish I could shake the hand of this police officer. GOD bless her and the family that's struggling....
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