ASHEVILLE, N.C. — An officer with the Asheville Police Department was called to an incident of shoplifting, but instead of making an arrest, he took the opportunity to help a man in need.
The police department said on Wednesday, Officer Morrow was dispatched to a store on Haywood Road in regards to a shoplifter. When Morrow arrived on scene, the store manager said a man was seen leaving the store with items he didn’t purchase.
Morrow found two packs of socks that had been torn open. That’s when he learned the shoplifting suspect was homeless.
The police department said due to the intense cold weather facing western North Carolina, Morrow purchased the socks and gifted them to the man. The store agreed that if the socks were purchased, charges wouldn’t be pressed.
A post on Facebook about Morrow’s act of kindness has already received more than 10,000 reactions and 1,400 shares.