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Officer buys groceries for shoplifter

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The Florida police officer who bought groceries for a shoplifter and her children says she did it “just because I needed to.”

“She touched me,” Miami-Dade Police Officer Vicki Thomas said Wednesday on CNN’s “New Day.”

“I could relate,” Thomas said. “I was a single mom and, without the help of my family, that could have been me.”

Thomas’ act of generosity made national news and brought offers of help to the woman in need, Jessica Robles, and even a possible job opportunity.

When Thomas asked Robles why she did it, the young mother said her children were hungry.

Thomas looked at Robles’ criminal history and didn’t find any major charges, WSVN reported. Instead of being taken into custody, Robles was issued a notice to appear in court and charged with a misdemeanor.

When the officer asked if she had food at home, Robles said, “I looked at her in her face, and I told her, ‘Not at all.'”