A officer has been praised for his act of kindness he extended to a woman accused of shoplifting. Officer Bennet Johns, got a call from a local grocery store on July 22 regarding a 20-year-old woman accused of shoplifting.
A young single mother was with her infant son and she didn’t have $15 for the diapers for her infant son, so the security guard said that she tried to steal them.
Officer Bennet Johns is seen purchasing diapers for a shoplifing suspect last week in this picture taken by his training officer in Laurel, Maryland last week
Officer Johns (center) is seen with Police Chief Richard McLaughlin (left) and Mayor Craig A. Moe (right) at his swearing in ceremony in May. Johns is garnering praise for his generosity
The woman was caught red-handed by the store security guard and called police to arrest her.
‘Officer Johns considered the situation and then made the decision to purchase the diapers out of his own pocket so that the young child would not suffer,’ the Laurel PD said in a statement.
Johns,raised by a single mom himself, could relate, so he bought two packages of diapers.
He did not arrest the woman, but he did issue her a citation for shoplifting.
The Laurel Police Department released a picture of rookie Officer Bennet Johns paying for the diapers last month.
Johns joined the Laurel Police Department in May. He is seen here taking the oath
Johns was responding to a shoplifting call at this Giant supermarket when he decided to lend the suspect a helping hand. He did issue the woman a citation, however
The Laurel Police Department offered advice to those who want to extend their own generosity