An officer is in the spotlight after arresting a Kansas mother for stealing from her local Walmart. However, it wasn’t his bust that seems to have people talking, but rather what he did next that he probably didn’t think anyone would find out.
Although the incident took place just recently, it technically started back in 2012 for Sarah Robinson, who tragically lost her husband after he drowned during a Labor Day accident and had been struggling to make ends meet ever since. Trying to provide for herself and her children — 15-year-old Emily, 13-year-old Sophia, 12-year-old Angelina, 4-year-old Miley and twins Becky and Bella — has not been easy.
So when she was running out of diapers for her 2-year-old twin daughters and couldn’t afford to buy more, she walked into Walmart in Roeland Park, Kansas on July 6 and decided to steal some – but that’s not all.
“I was just going to potty-train them, but I didn’t have a place for them to bathe,” Robinson said. “I had lost my house and all of our belongings, and I don’t have a job. So I went to Walmart, grabbed clothes, shoes, diapers, wipes, and I just walked out, but they caught me.”
It wasn’t long before Roeland Park police officer Mark Engravalle arrived, but this wasn’t an ordinary arrest. You see, the cop quickly noticed that some of the children with Robinson were barefoot and had dirty feet.
“He noticed [what she stole] were necessities like diapers, shoes for the kids, some clothing,” Roeland Park public information officer John Demoss later explained. “He asked her what the situation was, and she broke down crying.”
However, it seems these words struck a chord with Engravalle as he released the woman with a simple citation for misdemeanor theft, but he wasn’t done there – not by a long shot.
According to ABC News:
After releasing Robinson with a citation for misdemeanor theft, Engravalle went back inside the store with her children and bought diapers, baby wipes and clothes for the children. He even let the girls pick out their own shoes.
Saying that Engravalle simply thought it was the “right thing to do,” Demoss explained that “the officer had two children of his own, and he thought of his two kids.” As for Robinson, she only has kind words for the man. “He couldn’t have been nicer to my girls,” she said.
Surprising everyone even more, the kind-hearted officer wasn’t even done there. “I got a call the next day saying they wanted to help us further and help us get a place to live,” Robinson said. It seems Officer Engravalle’s actions have sparked a sort of unofficial effort of kindness in the community as the police station has reportedly been inundated with calls of people asking how they can personally help.
Although Robinson states that she’s extremely embarrassed that she stole, she concluded by stating, “There isn’t enough words in the world to thank him enough. Me and my girls are indebted to him forever.”
This world sure could use a few more officers like this in it – or people for that matter. If only people were a little bit less concerned with only themselves and were willing to listen and help solve the problems of others just as Engravalle did, imagine the world we would live in.