Woman caught shoplifting groceries, cop pays her bill

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When a woman was caught shoplifting, police didn’t arrest her. Instead, one officer paid her bill.

Jessica Robles was stopped as she walked out of a grocery store in Florida with a cart full of food that she didn’t pay for.

Robles said she was receiving federal assistance but due to a paperwork issue, the aid stopped and she had nothing to feed her three children.

“She came out and asked, ‘You don’t have food at the house?’ And I looked at her, and I saw the look on her face, I said, ‘No, I don’t,” Robles said.

“I made the decision to buy her some groceries because arresting her wasn’t going to solve the problem with her children being hungry,” said Miami-Dade Police Officer Vicki Thomas. She bought Robles $100 worth of groceries.

Instead of arresting Robles, she was charged with a misdemeanor and given a notice to appear in court.

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  • Jamal

    I 100% agree with you smash. This only encourages others to see if they can get away with stealing also. Yes the officer did a great deed but doesnt make it right to break the law. No matter what. We are all struggling but there are better ways to make ends meet other than trying to steal an entire shopping cart worth of groceries.

    • ARod

      Maybe both of you should find out the situation IN FULL before saying " get a job " …maybe for some reason she can't work. When was the last time you did something to bless someone else?
      No where in this report did they say it was " right " what she did. & Smash you sound like a total jerk and I hope one day you are in need, and no one helps you. Then you will see what a " pathetic life " really is. I pray your children never end up like you or without a job.

    • Read the Full Story

      Did you not read to the end? It says she was charged with a misdemeanor and had to appear in court. She didn’t get away with breaking the law. Officer Thomas is a fine example of what the police force is meant for. They’re not all just a bunch of bullies with badges who like to punish people and shoot things. They’re here to protect (which she did), uphold the law (which she did), & serve the people in their community (which she most definitely did).

  • Esco

    It's mothers looking out for mothers, sometimes that transcends law. And as stated in the article, she was charged. Hopefully the judge can help out Jessica with some options to re-obtain self reliance.

  • Ismael

    Smash and Jamal You idiots. I was in an entitlement program as a kid. I used the system to get food, shelter and an education. I have been working for 40 years and paying probably a lot more taxes than both of You together.. She may not be able to work but Her kids will and pay back all and more of what They received in aid. Just give them a chance. I have paid back a thousand fold the little help I got at that time. Thanks State of Illinois and the taxpayers for that help. I paid it back and much more.

  • Susan

    This is outstanding, (: there needs to be more people that’s generous like this, this was very nice of the police officer and not arresting her over suffering her kids.

    • Read the Full Story

      Really? Because the woman in the picture (and the name Robles) is most definitely Hispanic, not that that should even matter the tiniest bit in this story. Hispanics are discriminated against just as much as any other ethnicity. Don’t make this beautiful story about something as ugly as racial prejudice when there is absolutely no indication of it here.

  • Read the Full Story

    You should try finding out more about this story before commenting next time, because besides sounding completely uncaring, you’re grossly misinformed. In a later article about this story, it came out that a local business owner gave this woman the job she’d been desperately seeking. She is now employed and will be able to feed her family, but if it hadn’t been for the inherent kindness of this officer, her children might have starved to death while she desperately sought employment in this terrible market. READ and try to learn a little compassion before bloviating online behind an anonymous screen about things you clearly do not understand.