Cops don’t arrest homeless man who shoplifted

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MOUNT VERNON – When two Mount Vernon Police officers were called to the Dollar Tree store for a possible shoplifter, they didn’t arrest the man.

When Officers Cartwright and Velez responded to the store on May 1, they were informed by the manager that the person of interest was still inside.

They confronted the man and learned he was homeless and looking for socks.

They talked with the manager and then Officer Cartwright bought the appreciative man $15 worth of socks. Officer Velez also invited him to police headquarters where he could get assistance with services he may need.

The man thanked the officers and went on his way.

“This is the norm for our police department, not the exception, and another example of professional policing within the City of Mount Vernon Police Department,” said Police Commissioner Glenn Scott.