Officer Buys Groceries for Boy Getting ‘Snacks for Sibling’

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A Texas police officer went above and beyond to serve others last week when he found a young boy by himself in Austin attempting to buy snacks for his younger sibling.

The Austin Police Department announced Monday that Officer James Riley had been out on patrol in Austin on June 3 when he discovered the young child allegedly walking by himself in a parking lot.

“He took it upon himself to go to HEB and bought a basket full of groceries and snacks that the boys would be able to fix without turning on the gas stove,” Austin police said in a Facebook post. “He also got some things that a parent would be able to cook for them.”

When Riley walked up to the boy, the boy told the officer he had been trying to get to the corner store to buy snacks “for a younger sibling.”

Riley then drove the boy back home out of concern for his safety, police said. Once Riley got to the boy’s house, he assessed that the family was in a rough situation and used his own money to buy them a bag of groceries.

Before leaving the house, Riley warned the children that they should never leave home without an adult.


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