Sunday, February 8, 2009

Policeman buys food for hungry shoplifter

"There was nothing unusual when, at 5:56 p.m. on Jan. 7, Laconia Police Officer Jeffrey P. Wholley arrested a shoplifter who was attempting to steal items from the Cumberland Farms store on Court Street.

"What was unusual, however, is that Wholley, after charging Benjamin M. Berry, 32, in connection with the shoplifting, later ended up paying for and giving Berry the items that Berry had tried to steal: four pre-made sandwiches worth a combined $9.16.

"For doing that, the Laconia Police Commission honored Wholley on Thursday with Chief Mike Moyer calling it "an act of selfless compassion."

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