A mother would do anything for her children, and one Connecticut woman proved that when she allegedly stole clothing for her children to wear at the start of the new school year.
Fortunately for the 27-year-old mother, who was not identified, the officer who responded to the Kohl’s department store in Fairfield had compassion for her.
Store employees called the police after the mother was caught on camera stuffing clothing into a bag, according to WABC-TV.
After Fairfield Police Sgt. Hector Irizarry arrived and placed the suspect under custody, he noticed that there was a lot of children’s clothing in the bag of stolen goods and that she was accompanied by her young daughter.
Irizarry, a father himself, was overwhelmed with compassion and conducted his good deed without a word to the mother.
“I took the clothes over to the cash register,” he said. “I decided to pay for them myself, and she didn’t know what I was doing.”
After Irizarry handed her the bag, the mother became emotional and asked how she could pay the officer back for his generosity.
Irizarry simply asked the woman to pay it forward one day.
Fairfield Police Chief Gary Macnamara described the act of kindness as “another example of officers doing their job.”
“At the end of the day, saying ‘I’m a dad. I care about your kids, and I’m going to help you put clothes on your daughter,’” Macnamara said.
Irizarry said he hopes his story shows “law enforcement in a positive light.”
“It was just something I felt compelled to do, and it really came from the heart,” he said.