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NYPD officers pay for groceries of woman accused of shoplifting at Whole Foods

Posted: 10:04 PM, Jul 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-05 23:06:36-04

NEW YORK — A group of NYPD officers from the Strategic Response Group jumped into action to help a woman accused of shoplifting at a Whole Foods on Thursday.

The woman was being held by security because she had food in her bag she hadn't paid for, according to a New Yorker who captured the moment and shared it on Twitter. The distraught woman can be seen at checkout surrounded by three officers.

"When the NYPD showed up, they paid for her food," he tweeted.

"It was nice to be able to witness a genuine act of kindness," he later tweeted.

The three officers — Lieutenant Louis Sojo, and Officers Esanidy Cuevas and Michael Rivera — said Friday that they had stopped into the Whole Foods to grab something to eat and drink while working in Manhattan.

When they entered the store, Sojo said, they were approached by a security guard that informed them of the alleged shoplifting situation. Once he heard the details, Sojo told the guard the officers would pay for the woman's food.

"She told me she was hungry," Sojo said. "This is what cops do."

NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan took a moment to thank the trio of officers.

"Cops like Lt. Sojo and Officers Cuevas and Rivera of the Strategic Response Group are the kind-hearted cops who quietly do good deeds for New Yorkers in need. My thanks to @pboz for highlighting the often unnoticed."