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Officers buy shoplifting homeless man socks instead of arresting him

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    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, New York (WABC) — Two police officers in Westchester County went above and beyond to serve a member of the community in need.

Mount Vernon Police Officers Cartwright and Velez caught the attention of our Be Kind campaign.

The officers were called to a Dollar Tree Store in Mount Vernon for a shoplifting report.

What they found was a homeless man badly in need of socks.

Instead of arresting him, Officer Cartwright bought him $15-worth of socks.

“See what you get when you’re honest. Listen, I know how important it is to have a nice pair of socks when you’re out running around and you have nothing else going on, and listen, we’ll get you taken care of,” the officer said.

Officer Velez also advised the man that he can always get assistance at police headquarters.

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