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Police officer pays for shoplifting suspects' holiday dinner

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Posted at 3:33 PM, Jan 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-02 15:33:53-05

SOMERSET, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts police officer is winning praise for providing Christmas dinner for two women accused of trying to steal groceries for their children.

Officer Matt Lima responded to a report of shoplifting Dec. 20 at Stop & Shop.

Two women with two young children were accused of bagging groceries at a self-checkout kiosk without scanning them.

The women said they had fallen upon hard times and wanted to provide a Christmas dinner for the children.

Lima says he was reminded of his own children and decided not to charge them.

Instead, he used his own money to buy $250 in grocery gift cards.