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Alabama Officer Buys Eggs for Shoplifting Suspect Who Wanted to Feed Her Kids

December 09, 2014  | 

A woman caught shoplifting eggs in Tarrant, Ala., Saturday didn't leave with handcuffs and a court date. Thanks to a Tarrant police officer, she left with food for her family.

Officer William Stacy was called to a Dollar General when employees caught the woman trying to steal a dozen eggs, Tarrant Police Chief Dennis Reno told

The woman had her young children in the car. She told Officer Stacy that she was only stealing because she was trying to feed her children.

Stacy talked with Dollar General, and they said they wouldn't prosecute. So Stacy made an offer.

"He said, 'If I give you these eggs, will you promise that you won't shoplift anymore?'" Reno said. "He knew that she was telling the truth and that's the reason he went in and bought the eggs."

Stacy bought the eggs and gave them to her, Reno said. The woman then asked if she could give him a hug.

Comments (3)

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Chris @ 12/9/2014 5:21 PM

THIS is what it's about! I tip my cap to you, Officer Stacy.

Ima Leprechaun @ 12/10/2014 1:55 AM

Good job Officer Stacy!(We had a list of agencies and churches that would extend more immediate help to people caught in these kinds of situations. They were available to us 24/7 on a rotating list at our Police Department)

Ha Ha Ha @ 12/10/2014 3:44 AM

Yeah, but what the article didn't say is that, the woman was an active protestor and later threw all of the eggs at the officers working crowd control....................OMG I'm only joking relax, relax. Nice job Officer Stacy.

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