Police Officer Takes Crime Victims Shopping
Posted by GreaterGoodness
When Sergeant Andrew Brewer and Officer Joshua Wood of the Westampton Township Police Department in New Jersey responded to a call about stolen clothes at a motel laundry, they thought it would be another routine dispatch. Instead, they got a chance to help out a family in a tight spot. The family was visiting New Jersey from Massachusetts on Jan. 4 when the tired mom fell asleep in the motel laundry room while waiting for her laundry to finish. When she woke up, she was horrified to discover that an unknown person had emptied the machine and made off with her clothes. She called the police to report the crime, which had left her four children with nothing to wear on the drive home but the pajamas they were wearing at the time of the theft.
Going well beyond the mere call of duty, Sergeant Brewer surprised and delighted the family with an all-expenses-paid trip to Target to replace some of the stolen clothes, using funds provided by an anonymous donor.
The children, whose ages range from 4 to 10, were thrilled to have something warm to wear on the long drive home across the Northeast in January.
While the replacement of a few necessary articles of clothing went a long way toward giving the family closure, more good news soon followed. On Jan. 13, nine days after the theft, police charged two women with stealing the clothes. The pair was taken into custody the next day on theft charges.
Even the darkest moments can serve as the stage for surprising acts of generosity by community-minded people. By going above and beyond the normal call of duty to help a desperate family, the officers of the Westampton Township Police Department brought unexpected light to a family’s time of need.
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