Manchester Cop Catches Hungry Shoplifter And Buys Him Food

MANCHESTER, N.H. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A Manchester, New Hampshire police officer is being credited with helping a local man buy food instead of needing to shoplift it.

Manchester Police said Officer George Morales was working a detail at the Market Basket on Elm Street when he noticed a young man rush out of the store with a backpack without buying anything.

Morales stopped the man and asked to look inside his bag, and all he found was unpaid food.

He then realized that "...This was just a young person going through hard times. He was just hungry," says Officer Morales. "I then offered to purchase the items of food for him," and asked him to apologize to the store manager.

The young man began to cry, and agreed — at the end, Morales said the manager was satisfied and left the young man on good terms.

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