After a woman tried to shoplift $300 worth of items from Walmart, the Kansas police officer sent to arrest her paid for everything instead.
Sarah Robinson, a widow and homeless mother of six, had tried to shoplift a large amount of baby wipes, diapers, and shoes for her family. According to a report of the incident, three of her children were barefoot and walking around with dirty feet when their mother tried to take the items she so desperately needed.
The police officer, Officer Mark Engravalle from Roeland Park, caught the family as they got to the parking lot. However, instead of arresting the woman, Engravalle, a father of two children as well, paid for everything she had stolen.
“What she did was wrong and against the law, but her heart was in the right place with wanting to help take care of her children,” said Engravalle in an interview.
Robinson stated, “It’s humiliating that I could be at a point where I would do something like that. I’m not a bad mom, just bad actions.”
Robinson has also received a fine for her attempted shoplifting. However, with over $6000 in donations that have poured in for the family, Robinson should manage to pay the fine without any further problems.
“Walmart might see her as a criminal, but I just saw her as a mom going through a really difficult time,” said Engravalle.
Robinson has said that she is extremely grateful. “He helped us at a time when it seemed nobody else could.”