Police officer pays for shoplifting suspects’ holiday dinner

SOMERSET, MASSACHUSETTS (AP) — A Massachusetts police officer declined to charge two women accused of trying to steal groceries for the children — and instead bought them dinner.

Somerset Officer Matt Lima responded to a report of shoplifting on December 20, 2020 at Stop & Shop, where two women with two young children were accused of putting groceries into bags at a self-checkout kiosk without scanning them.

The women said they had fallen on hard times and were trying to provide a Christmas dinner for the children. Lima said he was reminded of his own children and used his own money to buy USD250 in grocery gift cards.

“His actions exemplify what it means to protect and serve the members of our community,” Chief George McNeil said on the department’s website.