Police help father caught shoplifting baby formula

After caught trying to steal four containers of baby formula, a 23-year-old unemployed single father’s fate was in the hands of the Roswell Police Department.

What the police officers did next moved the desperate father to tears, while officers say they just did what they felt was the right thing to do.

KOAT reports that when police arrived at the Albertson's in Roswell where the shoplifting incident took place, they stopped the man as he tried to exit the store. The baby formula was tucked inside a baby carrier. Officers say the man was immediately remorseful for his actions. He explained his situation, saying the formula was for his 11-month-old son and that he had recently lost his job.

Police officers and Albertson’s management decided to buy the formula for him, providing him with five containers with a retail value of approximately $80. The man was moved to tears.

Roswell police sergeant Kim Northcutt shared the story on her Facebook page, and the post quickly went viral.

Police officers say in this case they didn't arrest the man because they determined the man did not have criminal intent, and that it would be better for him to take care of his child than be in jail.

The officers are helping the man get the resources he needs, including helping him find another job.

Albertson’s is not pressing charges, but they have banned the man from the store.