Police officer pays for ingredients shoplifter stole to make birthday cake for her daughter

Veteran officer Michael Kotsonis said he did not want to the child to lose out

Andrew Buncombe
New York
Thursday 03 December 2015 21:28
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The officer said he did not condone of the woman's actions - but did not want the child to suffer
The officer said he did not condone of the woman's actions - but did not want the child to suffer

Several things went through the mind of police officer Michael Kotsonis when he was called to deal with a shoplifting incident in the New Hampshire town of Portsmouth.

The first was that the woman who had stolen the cake mix, shortening and packets of frosting, should not have done so. The second was that the woman’s daughter ought not lose out on the birthday cake, for which the ingredients had been taken.

His response was to go to the house of the unidentified woman, recover the stolen items and then go to the shop where she had taken them from and pay for the ingredients out of his own pocket.

“I’m not going to take away a kid's birthday cake,” Mr Kotsonis told the Portsmouth Herald, which was alerted to the officer’s actions by a member of staff at the shop.

“I ended up bringing it back to the mother. She did not steal the items for herself. It doesn’t make it right, but the kid shouldn’t have to pay.”

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