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Toronto cop praised for giving teen shoplifter a helping hand

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Officers work to keep streets safe, but sometimes they do a whole lot more. In this case, a Toronto Police Service 31 Division officer gave a teen a break and a chance for a better future. Marianne Dimain explains – Aug 7, 2017

Toronto police say one of their officers bought a shirt and a tie for an alleged shoplifter after learning the young man was trying to take the items to wear them to a job interview.

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.

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She says the responding officer questioned the teenaged suspect and learned that he was trying to take a shirt and tie from the store in order to wear them to an upcoming job interview.

Douglas-Cook says the officer not only declined to lay charges against the teen, but decided to purchase the clothing for him.

She says the officer bought the clothes without the teen’s knowledge and arranged to have them delivered to him.

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