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."