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Video: Officer Delivers Groceries to Woman Caught Stealing Eggs

December 12, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Officer Delivers Groceries to Grandma Caught Stealing Eggs

On Wednesday, Tarrant (Ala.) PD police delivered two truckloads of groceries to Helen Johnson, who on Saturday was caught stealing five eggs from the nearby Dollar General store to feed her hungry family. Instead of arresting Johnson, Tarrant Police Officer William Stacy bought her a carton of eggs and sent her home with the promise she'd never shoplift again, reports the Alabama Media Group.

That in itself, Johnson said, was a blessing. But those blessings now seem to have taken on a life of their own. Tarrant police said they've received calls from across the United States and world since hearing of the 47-year-old grandmother's Johnson's plight. People have offered food, money, and clothing for the adults and two children she shares her home with.

It's been so overwhelming, said Tarrant Police Chief Dennis Reno, he had to bring in a second police dispatcher to handle the volume of calls. Police officials today also set up a fund at People's First Federal Credit Union on Ford Avenue in Tarrant to benefit the Johnson family.

On Wednesday, Stacy and Officer Jay Jenkins took two loads of food to Johnson's apartment. She couldn't stop crying, and she couldn't stop hugging Stacy. "I just busted out and started hollering,'' Johnson said of all the food delivered to her home. "I was yelling so loud. I would have been a good cheerleader."

Comments (7)

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George L. Kline @ 12/13/2014 7:39 AM

This is what policing is all about. We take an oath to serve and protect. We also have the use of discretion. Officer Stacy, I commend you for your actions. May God bless you and all of our brothers and sister during the Christmas Season.

Jesse @ 12/13/2014 7:58 AM

Bless you officer Stacy. You are an example of what a police officer is and how much one officer can make a difference and how that officer can portray the good images of law enforcement. Thank you officer Stacy.

John Derick @ 12/13/2014 9:42 AM

good job Bill!

TheRookie @ 12/13/2014 8:16 PM

Very well job done by Officer Stacy. His FTO did a good job. His supervisors & Chief have an excellent person to be proud of. What a better time to show the human side of L.E. May he & his agency have a Merry X-Mas & Happy New Year.

KevCopAz, Is that when they spell or cap your name wrong? If so have seen it numerous times lately. I've contacted P.M. numerous times of late about this site as well as my hard copy magazines not being sent. They seem to have a, I don't give a shat attitude. Been that way since Bobit Publishers became to big of a corporation. All they care about is their, "Benjamins."

DEADMAN @ 12/14/2014 1:48 AM

Not throwing stones , but why are you video taping this,,unless you expect accolades , i've done stuff but ignore the publicity and don't need the celebrity or notoriety.I didn't advertise,my efforts,it looks too much like you're soliciting a pat on the back,your picture on the news,or that's a good deed officer,plus i consider it an embarassment to the grandmother being put on front street as a shoplifter.

eodk9trainer @ 12/15/2014 4:15 AM

While I agree that taping something like this is typically not what we should be doing as it appears you're fishing for accolades. But in today's environment where much of the media and a loud segment of the population are vilifying the police I can see the need to tape this. It's also possible the department required it be recorded.

GymRat @ 12/15/2014 10:21 AM

Great Job Officer Stacy. You should be commended. The law enforcement has lost the narrative. Our media has no problem taking about how "bad" law enforcement is and taping all the things that they believe law enforcement is doing wrong. Now there is a good deed done and some of us want to jump on why this was taped. Why can't we (law enforcement) just smile and give this officer a thumbs up. We tape things daily and nightly on our in-car cameras or uniform cameras. Lets get the real talking points back on our side and not let the media and others doing the talking for us.

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