Five eggs. That’s all Helena Johnson needed to feed her family. She didn’t have enough money, so she tried to steal the eggs from a central Alabama Dollar General store. Officer William Stacy responded to the crime and asked her why she needed the food.
Her welfare check got lost in the mail that week, leaving Helena, her two daughters, niece and two grandchildren without food for two days. She went to the Dollar General to get five eggs, but ended up less than $1 short. She tried to stuff them in her pockets, but the eggs shattered and her short-lived crime spree ended with the police being called.
“I’m not a good thief at all,” Helena said.
Store workers called the police. When Officer Stacy got to the store, he asked why she needed to steal the food.
“She started crying. She got very emotional and was very apologetic,” William said. “She tried to give me the money she had on her, $1.25.”
He didn’t arrest her, though we’re not even sure what the charges would be on $2 worth of stolen goods. He did help her, though. William went back into the store and bought Helena the eggs she needed.
“I was like, ‘Oh my God, thank you Jesus for this man,’” Helena said. “He is my hero.”
William sent her home with a dozen eggs and a promise to never shoplift again.