Houston officer praised after replacing man's stolen groceries, medication

By Aaron Barker - Senior Web Editor, Lea Wilson - Digital News Editor

HOUSTON - A Houston officer is being praised after she replaced the stolen groceries and medication of a man at a Walmart store on the city’s north side.

Officer Kirsten Koryciak said she was working an extra security job at the store when a man came in and said his groceries were stolen. She said that the man had passed out in the store parking lot after suffering a diabetic episode, and his groceries were taken while an ambulance crew was helping him.

Koryciak said her father also suffers from diabetes and she understands the urgency of the situation the 50- to 60-year-old man was facing. 

The officer said she believed the man was on a fixed income and could not afford to buy the $25 in stolen groceries again, and that was when she decided to help the man replace his items, including vegetables, oatmeal and a medication.

“I would do it again in a heartbeat,” Koryciak said.

The officer said too many times people see a person being treated badly and are more concerned about recording video of the episode than helping.

“I think that’s wrong,” Koryciak said. “You have to treat people like they were your own family.”

She said that the man thanked her before he left the store, but she has not spoken to him since.

Koryciak said she has been an officer for a little more than a year.

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