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She Stole from a Grocery Store, But This Police Man Didn’t Arrest Her. Why Not?

…the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, who are within your towns, shall come and eat and be filled, that the LORD your God may bless you… Deuteronomy 14:29

When William Stacy responded to a shoplifting call at Dollar General in Tarrant, Alabama on Monday, he didn’t expect to find a grandmother. Like many on fixed incomes and large families, all she wanted to do was feed her children and grandchildren. But Officer Stacy didn’t arrest her; instead, he bought the dozen eggs she had attempted to steal and offered her a hug. The video made its way to viral status on Facebook – all because, as Officer Stacy says, children shouldn’t go hungry. It’s not their fault. Amen, this is love.

Don’t miss Officer Stacy’s loving response to the attention, for police and for families, by clicking “next page.”

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.