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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Instead of arresting a shoplifter in a Save-A-Lot in the northwest of the city on Thursday, two Indianapolis police officers decided to pay for the suspect’s food.

News 8 received body camera footage from Metropolitan Indianapolis Department Officer Jim Gillespie and another officer at the store at the intersection of Lafayette and Georgetown Roads on Friday.

The store manager told police that a man slipped food into his jacket that he had not paid for.

The manager has decided not to press charges and the video shows the officers undoing the man’s handcuffs. It was then that they decided to help him.

“Me and the other officer exchanged glances, like, ‘This is a good opportunity to help someone. “None of us were really interested in stopping these gentlemen either,” Gillespie said.

Gillespie, a 14-year veteran in the force, pulled the man with the food bag and gave it to him when he turned around.

“He didn’t take it at first. He was brought back and had a really shocked look on his face, and I said, ‘This is for you.’ He took the bag. He was really grateful and had an attitude of gratitude in his eyes, ”Gillespie said.

He told News 8 that officers are doing things under the radar for people in need every day.

“I really can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen agents step in and help people in need… Whether it’s grocery shopping, changing a tire, buying air conditioners. – all kinds of things the officers did. When you see the video understand that this is normal for us, ”said Gillespie.

He said it’s unfortunate to see some people act out of desperation, knowing there could be dire consequences.

“Usually under those circumstances you see people leave in handcuffs or at least receive a subpoena where you’re going to have to go to court,” Gillespie said.

Instead of being fined or spending Christmas in jail, this man went home. Gillespie says he hopes this reminds everyone to have compassion for others.

“It gave us all a good feeling. That’s what really matters is giving someone joy. And most of the time you feel the same joy, ”he said.

Hunger and poverty are a problem that plagues every county in the state. Data from Second Helpings, an organization fighting hunger, shows that one in seven people in central Indiana is food insecure.


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