Miami Cop Buys Groceries for Desperate Mom Caught Shoplifting Food

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Here at Riptide, we chew on the fodder of public corruption, despotism, and power-hungry cops gone bad. But today, we're thrilled to report, this story won't be another entry into the annals of Miami mayhem.

Late last month, 29-year-old Jessica Robles looked at her three children and came to a realization every parent fears: She didn't have money for food. Her boyfriend had just lost his job, and their federal assistance had squeaked to a stop because of some paperwork issues. What was she going to do?

So, WSVN reports, she headed to the Publix near SW 207th Street in Cutler Bay, piled $300 worth of food into her grocery cart, and clandestinely walked out without paying. It wouldn't be a clean getaway.

A blond, middle-aged Miami-Dade Police officer named Vicki Thomas spotted her strolling out and asked what she was doing. "What would make you do this?" Thomas asked.

"My children are hungry," Robles replied.

Thomas climbed into her squad car to check out Robles' record and found little to nothing. In December 1998, Robles had been charged with possession of tobacco as a minor, and again charged with possession of marijuana August 24, 2004. (Neither charge was prosecuted.)

So now, Thomas faced a choice: She could either arrest Robles for brazenly stealing hundreds of dollars' worth of groceries, or she could help. Thomas chose the latter.

"I made the decision to buy her some groceries because arresting her wasn't going to solve the problem with her children being hungry," she told the TV station.

After issuing Robles a misdemeanor -- a charge that never spilled into the courts -- Thomas walked into the supermarket and bought the bewildered mother $100 worth of groceries.

Robles' 12-year-old daughter, Anais, wept when she saw the bounty. "Thank you so much for doing it for us," she told the cop, who compared her feeling that day to Christmas.

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14 comments
Lynxx3
Lynxx3

Most excellent. These are the kind of cops we need. Police with compassion, understanding and reason. Ms. Thomas is a fine example of her police dept, imho.

Dan Marino
Dan Marino

Hey Al, I hope you never need a break in your life.

gpaugam7
gpaugam7

Nice job Miami-Dade Police Officer Vicki Thomas.

Dan Marino
Dan Marino

Surprised by the cops actions but also impressed! Good for her for making a decision based on compassion instead of instinct.

Chris Murray
Chris Murray

Saw some comment about MNT always posting negativity about Miami so I hope they enjoy this positive, inspiring story!

j.pollo
j.pollo

I don't want to sound harsh, but was Publix consulted? They were the cop's employer at that time. Secondly, aren't there food banks, churches and other resources? This story just encourages crime under the disguise of hardship.

Kristen Ledesma
Kristen Ledesma

Breaks my heart. Surprisingly, not all cops are assholes.

Ezekiel Angulo
Ezekiel Angulo

Between all the corruption and excessive force scandals going on, it's refreshing to read these positive stories involving law enforcement. She did her "job" as an officer by issuing a misdemeanor but retained her humanity by showing empathy. Win win situation.

Mercy Mercy-Me
Mercy Mercy-Me

is he still in need of work? is there anything we could do to help them get back on their feet?

Al Place
Al Place

Sweet, but we will be buying food for the cop soon if she keeps doing this.

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