The surveillance video at a supermarket in Boynton Beach, Florida, tells a heartbreaking tale.
In it, a couple of men are seen sidling up to an elderly woman. Looking at fresh produce, she’s oblivious to them. Then one of the men reaches into her open purse — and disappears with her wallet.
The woman has no idea what just happened. Instead, it isn’t until she reaches the cashier that she realizes her wallet is gone.
But the security footage only tells only half the story.
When police officers Janelle Jumelles and Evan Esteve responded to the call, they were so touched by the woman’s plight, they decided to step up — and buy the woman’s groceries.
Of course, police officers going beyond the call of duty is nothing new. Remember the Tennessee officers who pulled money out of their own pocket to help a desperate man? Or the Massachusetts officer who stunned a homeless woman with his act of kindness?
Rarely, however, does the dramatic turn from tragedy to touching generosity all get caught on video.
When the officers visited the woman later to give her a $60 gift certificate, a second much different scene was captured by officer Jumelles’ body camera.
It shows the woman coming in for a big hug. There are tears in her eyes.
“I think she needed the hug,” officer Janelle Jumelles says later. “And maybe I needed it too.”
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