- Associated Press - Thursday, December 25, 2014

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - Instead of arresting a father who was caught stealing baby formula, four New Mexico police officers ended up offering him a helping hand.

KRQE reports (http://bit.ly/1zBDtgH ) that police were called to a grocery store in Roswell earlier this month when employees spotted a man hiding formula in a baby carrier.

Roswell Officer Joe Mason says he and the other officers confronted the man and found the formula. The man told them he recently lost his job and the formula was for his 11-month-old son.

After having a long talk with the man, the officers pitched in about $80 and bought him the baby formula. The store also contributed and decided not to press charges.

The story quickly spread on social media. The officers’ sergeant called it “old fashioned compassion” in his Facebook post.

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Information from: KRQE-TV, http://www.krqe.com

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