New York police officers are earning praise for helping a woman accused of shoplifting food at a local Whole Foods.

It started on Thursday, July 4, when a woman was caught by store security with food in her bag that she didn’t pay for, Pix11 reports.

Lieutenant Louis Sojo and officers Esanidy Cuevas and Michael Rivera with the NYPD happened to walk into the store at that time to grab something to eat.

The security guard informed the officers about what happened, but they didn’t charge the woman. Instead, Sojo made the decision to pay for her food.

He told Pix11:

“She told me she was hungry. This is what cops do.”

A man who saw the police officers’ kind act shared a photo of the moment to Twitter.

Paul Bozymowski wrote:

This woman was being held by security. She had food in her bag she didn’t pay for. When the NYPD showed up, they paid for her food. Happy 4th…!

NYPD Police Chief Terence Monahan later praised the officers for their good deed and thanked the New Yorker who captured the touching moment.

He tweeted:

Cops like Lt. Sojo and Officers Cuevas and Rivera of the Strategic Response Group are the kind-hearted cops who quietly do good deeds for New Yorkers in need. My thanks to @pboz for highlighting the often unnoticed.

The woman involved has not spoken out publicly.

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