Cop Buys Shirt and Tie For Shoplifter Preparing For Job Interview

Claudine Rigal
Août 8, 2017

A Toronto police officer chose to help out an 18-year-old who was allegedly caught trying to steal a shirt, tie and socks.

Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook says police were called to a Walmart in the city's north end on Sunday night in response to a report of shoplifting.

A Toronto police has been so touched by the story of a thief arrested for stealing clothes he chose to buy them and give them to him.

After speaking with the would-be shoplifter, Mr Jeyanesan determined the man wanted the items for an upcoming job interview but had no means to buy them.

"This young person has been facing his own difficulty in life and he was looking to straighten all that by providing for his family and trying to get a job", Mr Jeyanesan told the CP24 news programme. "I think he really made a mistake", he added.

Jeyanesan spoke to the man, who told him he needed the outfit for a job interview.

If the man doesn't land the job, Jeyanesan said there appears to be another employment opportunity waiting for him.

Sgt. Paul Bois praised Jeyanesan, saying he "showed some humanity in dealing with this particular individual".

Once he visited the house - and the saw the conditions the 12-year-old and her five siblings lived in - the officer knew he had to help.

"The police do this every day and they are not recognized for it".

'Police officers do this every day and they don't get recognised for it. He believes that helping people is part of his work.

'We need to make a positive difference in people's lives.

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