Massachusetts police officer pays for shoplifting suspects' holiday dinner

Officer uses own money, buys them $250 grocery gift cards
Posted at 12:42 PM, Jan 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-02 12:45:01-05

SOMERSET, Mass. — A Massachusetts police officer is winning praise for providing Christmas dinner for two women accused of trying to steal groceries for their children.

Officer Matt Lima responded to a report of shoplifting Dec. 20 at Stop & Shop.

Two women with two young children were accused of bagging groceries at a self-checkout kiosk without scanning them.

Stop & Shop in Somerset, Mass.
An officer in Somerset, Massachusetts helped two shoplifting suspects at a Stop & Shop grocery store in Somerset, Mass. pay for Christmas dinner.

The women said they had fallen upon hard times and wanted to provide a Christmas dinner for the children.

Lima says he was reminded of his own children and decided not to charge them. Instead, he used his own money to buy $250 in grocery gift cards. 

"I just did what I felt was right. I just tried to put myself in that family's shoes and show a little bit of empathy," Lima told WJAR-TV in Providence, Rhode Island.