Desperate mom caught shoplifting gets helping hand from police

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ROELAND PARK, Kan. — Sarah Robinson says that she'll do anything for her six kids.

So when things got so desperate that she turned to shoplifting to provide diapers, baby wipes and shoes for her children, she says she had to do it for her family—and she was almost immediately caught. But thanks to a kind-hearted Roeland Park Police officer, her family still got the supplies they needed.

"It was humiliating that I could be at a point where I would do something like that," said Robinson. She says that she walked into the Walmart off Roe Boulevard in Roeland Park with her daughters, and filled a cart with the essentials like diapers, baby wipes and shoes for her girls.

The items totaled around $300.

"The whole time I was telling them, it`s not what you`re supposed to do," said Robinson. "I`m not a bad mom, just bad actions."

But Robinson never made it out of the store.

"What she did was wrong and against the law, but her heart was in the right place with wanting to help to take care of her children," said Roeland Park Police Officer Mark Engravalle.

After talking with Robinson, Engravalle, a father of two, noticed some of her kids were walking around barefoot. He asked Robinson’s oldest daughter to grab some shoes so that he could pay for them, and also the diapers and wipes.
“He’s greatly appreciated from all of us. Greatly appreciated we didn’t go to jail and that we have diapers and shoes,” said Robinson, who still walked away with a ticket, but says that she'll never shoplift again.

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