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Officer purchases food for man caught stealing
Bozeman Daily Chronicle ^ | February 4, 2010 | AMANDA RICKER

Posted on 02/05/2010 9:24:24 PM PST by ellery

Bozeman Police Officer Marek Ziegler was called to Van’s IGA last Friday night to check on a shoplifting report.

The 33-year-old officer has been on the Bozeman force for three years. He is a K-9 handler and works nights, from about 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.

When he got to the grocery store on North Seventh Avenue, employees told Ziegler that a 32-year-old man had stuffed food and “pens, pencils, maybe markers, things for his kids” into his coat.

The officer arrested the man, cited him for theft and then released him.

But the story didn’t end there.

Ziegler had asked the man why he had been stealing.

“He was really upset,” Ziegler said this week. “Basically, he told me he’s having a hard time and can’t provide the food for his family right now, so that’s why he was stealing.”

Ziegler already had the man’s address, but asked for the man’s phone number.

“I told him, ‘Give me 15 minutes,’ and I went and got him some food.”

Ziegler ran to Wal-Mart, picked up a few frozen pizzas and delivered them to the man’s house.

“Obviously, as a police officer, I have a job to do, but we’re still human, too,” Ziegler said.

When the officer handed over the food, the man shook his hand and thanked him for understanding, Ziegler said.

And then Ziegler kept the story to himself.

However, a Chronicle reporter was at the 911 dispatch center that night. She overheard tidbits of the officer’s report that he was going to buy the man some food. The Chronicle sought out the story. Ziegler wasn’t seeking attention for his good deed.

“These guys, they just don’t really brag about things like that,” Acting Police Chief Marty Kent said. “It wouldn’t surprise me that he wouldn’t say anything.”

Ziegler shrugged off the idea that he had done something out of the ordinary.

“It’s just what we do to take care of each other,” he said.


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1 posted on 02/05/2010 9:24:24 PM PST by ellery
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To: ellery

I spend a lot of time protesting (and posting about) the bad behavior that has become all too common among our union police forces.

It’s nice to post one about one of the good guys for a change.


2 posted on 02/05/2010 9:26:09 PM PST by ellery (It's a free country.)
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To: ellery

Great story. God Bless.


3 posted on 02/05/2010 9:28:43 PM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: ellery

Great story!


4 posted on 02/05/2010 9:29:08 PM PST by valkyry1
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To: ellery
A sweet humanitarian story.

I just hope the food wasn't twinkies.

5 posted on 02/05/2010 9:31:32 PM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: ellery

this is true charity....the kind that Jesus would love.....unsolicited,person to person, done quietly without putting on airs.....


6 posted on 02/05/2010 9:33:24 PM PST by cherry
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To: ellery

Wonderful story. Thank you for posting it.


7 posted on 02/05/2010 9:39:05 PM PST by Busta Rhymes
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To: ellery

With all the food banks, food stamps, welfare, unemployment, church charities, school supply charities, etc etc, this guy thought it was a good idea to steal from the IGA? Want to bet this wasn’t even close to the first time?


8 posted on 02/05/2010 9:46:54 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: ellery

99% of stories like this never make the news. But it is nice when 1% squeaks through. Thanks for posting it!


9 posted on 02/05/2010 9:52:39 PM PST by KJC1
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To: pissant

Good poinr - so I checked, having woked in MT once upon a time.
The one food bank in town is out of chow - check their web site.

Maybe you could send them a check, being flush and all

Food Bank
602 Bond St
Bozeman, MT 59715
PHONE NUMBER: (406) 586-7600

Did see a part-time church based outfit trying to help, they could likely use a check as well.


10 posted on 02/05/2010 9:56:55 PM PST by ASOC (In case of attack, tune to 640 kilocycles or 1240 kilocycles on your AM dial.)
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To: pissant

You are always an ass.


11 posted on 02/05/2010 9:59:48 PM PST by Snurple (VEGETARIAN, OLD INDIAN WORD FOR BAD HUNTER.)
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To: Snurple

Uh huh. And I also volunteered for years for our local food bank. Imagine that.


12 posted on 02/05/2010 10:04:10 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

You’re still an ass.


13 posted on 02/05/2010 10:05:10 PM PST by Snurple (VEGETARIAN, OLD INDIAN WORD FOR BAD HUNTER.)
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To: ellery

I have a story.A woman who shops at our thrift store had a coat stealing happen against her husband.The coat was size 3 children’s.The police offered a drive home and then came back with clothes and food for the children.Charges were dropped.


14 posted on 02/05/2010 10:07:25 PM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: Snurple

Beats being a naive idiot.


15 posted on 02/05/2010 10:09:23 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: ASOC

Better yet, have your bud get a hold of these guys:

Salvation Army Bozeman
Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 586-9051

IF they can’t help, then here’s a backup plan:

http://bozeman.areaconnect.com/churches.htm

ANd if all else fails, the gov’t has:

http://www.nccp.org/profiles/MT_profile_29.html

http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/


16 posted on 02/05/2010 10:20:45 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: ellery

I second your view.


17 posted on 02/05/2010 10:26:01 PM PST by JLS (Democrats: People who wont even let you enjoy an unseasonably warm winter day)
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To: ellery

We need more like him. Heck...I need to be more like him.


18 posted on 02/05/2010 10:28:33 PM PST by B Knotts (Calvin Coolidge Republican)
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To: pissant

Just living up to your name, eh?


19 posted on 02/05/2010 10:57:42 PM PST by Soothesayer9
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To: B Knotts
We need more like him. Heck...I need to be more like him.

Doesn't take a whole lot. Just little things like this cop did. Sometimes I get taken by a professional panhandler but in the grand scheme of things it's not worth the dollar saved to prove myself right :-)

One time in a grocery in Bellevue, WA, I was behind a young girl in the checkout just before closing time. She had a can of baby formula and a gallon of milk. She wrote a check and it didn't get accepted.

The clerk did nothing more than stare at her and I watched as disbelief spread across her face and tears welled-up in her eyes.

She started to put her wallet back in her purse to leave when I piped-up and told her I'd "lend" her the $10.00 she needed to pay for the goods. Saying that I was in that store all the time (which was a lie I was working a temp project in town) I told her to just pay me next time she saw me. You'd think she'd won the lottery.

I've done it since then but only a dollar here or there. The $10 spot was my largest "instant" donation :-) Not tooting my own horn just saying it doesn't take a lot to put a smile on someone's face.

20 posted on 02/05/2010 11:08:20 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Marsha Coakley's been teabagged. Populists Hugo Chavez and Hussein Obama are next.)
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To: VeniVidiVici
You came, you saw, you donated.

I like you.

21 posted on 02/05/2010 11:11:50 PM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: ellery

News flash to ellery:

There are a lot of good things leos and police staff do.
You won’t read about.
Your won’t hear about it.

Thanks though, for posting this article.


22 posted on 02/05/2010 11:14:05 PM PST by Cindy
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To: KJC1

Bump.


23 posted on 02/05/2010 11:15:00 PM PST by Cindy
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To: pissant

stuff it = unless, that is, you are personally aware of the person and his situation and circumstances - otherwise, you don’t know. you just think you do.


24 posted on 02/05/2010 11:16:42 PM PST by maine-iac7 ("He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help" Lincoln)
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To: Flycatcher; VeniVidiVici
yep - more like Jesus taught - and the doer feels just a s good as the giftee...
25 posted on 02/05/2010 11:22:12 PM PST by maine-iac7 ("He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help" Lincoln)
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To: ellery
God bless both families.

Actually, it looks like He already has.

26 posted on 02/05/2010 11:22:52 PM PST by Allegra (It doesn't matter what this tagline says...the liberals are going to call it "racist.")
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To: Cindy

Many cops have a teddy bear in the trunk because sometimes they have to take a daddy to jail and a kid needs consoling, and sometimes they have to tell a family daddy didn’t make it home.

Heck of a job


27 posted on 02/05/2010 11:25:08 PM PST by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: pissant

I believe the officer can distinguish between a run-of-the-mill thief, and a person in genuine distress. I’ve seen a lot of scams in my former occupation, but recognized when someone was sincerely in need of help.

I worked at an institution that provided daily meals for clients, who were mostly mentally ill, ex cons, and drug addicts. Once a woman was there, dressed to the max, with a little boy. She was told that underage kids were not allowed in. I went to the kitchen, fixed them meals to go, along with a food bag. The woman cried, and said she was so embarrassed to not have food. Crap happens to people all the time, and if you have the means, you help, or get out of the way.


28 posted on 02/06/2010 3:38:27 AM PST by Jaidyn
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To: pissant

Give a man food and he eats for a day. Theft is not an option IMO.


29 posted on 02/06/2010 3:48:58 AM PST by MaxMax (Lets get a sense)
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To: pissant

I cant speak for the man’s situation. But, there are alot of working poor who are not eligible for services. Maybe they make just enough to get by, but God forbid the car breaks down or you have to miss a day of work.


30 posted on 02/06/2010 5:05:59 AM PST by mouse1
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To: ASOC
Maybe you could send them a check, being flush and all

What a great "gotcha"! Sadly, some people are just plain negative. No matter what the story they'll manage to find something negative to say. Bummer.

31 posted on 02/06/2010 5:19:02 AM PST by Shannon
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To: VeniVidiVici
I had a very similar thing happen in front of my eyes. A young mom with her two little kids was at the check-out in the Dollar Store. She was buying food items for the kid's lunch. Of all the crazy things, the credit card machine suddenly broke; you could only pay in cash. Of course she had no cash and the girl at the register just stared at her. I looked over and said, "it's paid for" and gave the clerk the cash to pay for the kid's food. It couldn't have been more than $5 but to that mom it was a fortune.

Sometimes you just help.

32 posted on 02/06/2010 5:27:09 AM PST by Shannon
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To: Shannon
I bought groceries for a woman that I work with. Her husband had lost his job, unemployment had been denied, they'd already been to the food bank and there is a limit on how often you can go. She and I make peanuts, so her paycheck wasn't much help.

I took my 11 year old with me and he whined and complained a lot at first. As I talked to him about their situation he got a little more enthusiastic. Then he got the job of ringing the doorbell and running like heck after we'd snuck the groceries onto the porch.

As we were driving away he said, "I actually feel a little warm inside." So, it was good all around, and I found out yesterday the husband has a new job.

33 posted on 02/06/2010 6:33:40 AM PST by Dianna
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To: pissant

You can’t fool me, I know that that is you mac daddy.

Just can’t stand for someone else to be the center of anyones attention.


34 posted on 02/06/2010 7:01:00 AM PST by chiefqc
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To: ellery
I spend a lot of time protesting (and posting about) the bad behavior that has become all too common among our union police forces.

Not nearly as much as one F.R, poster, his life mission is to dig up every "bad cop" story he can find and post them at F.R.

"Good cop" stories don't generally make the news, it's good to see one.

35 posted on 02/06/2010 7:13:46 AM PST by Graybeard58 ("0bama's not just stupid; He’s Jimmy Carter stupid”. - Don Imus)
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To: VeniVidiVici
There are a lot of good people out there, most of us just do what we do quietly, we are not out to toot horns, just do as our Lord ask us to do.

I belong to a quilt guild (65 of us), we do a lot of charity quilting. Adult bibs for an Alzhimer center (120 a year), cough pillows and quilts for the children's hospital in Memphis, for LEO's for 3 PD's who get quilts twice a year when requested for young accident/trauma victims, we send a quilt with each kid the Shriners take to the burn center, then their is the Alpha Omega House (transistion house) for recovering addict Veterans, and Valor Quilts for the wounded we've sent over 300 of those. We picked up a new charity this past week in making tiny quilts for the stillborn and preemies that didn't make it.

We know we put smiles on lots of faces we never saw. One wounded Vet thought when they loaded him on the plane to make the return flight to the states they wouldn't let him keep his and got upset...they were just trying to get him comfortable before they returned it.

Many of our ladies and 2 gentlemen pray over their creations for the unknown person who is to receive it. I know I do.

36 posted on 02/06/2010 7:29:06 AM PST by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, disabled,seniors & retired Military)
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To: Dianna

Great story. Your child learned a lesson he’ll never forget and the family got some much needed help.


37 posted on 02/06/2010 8:35:07 AM PST by Shannon
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To: maine-iac7

You remind me of al the limp wristed do gooders here during the “runaway bride” ordeal. Prayer groups, people following every media utterance, etc, etc.

And of course the people who bitched at me when I told them her story was BS.


38 posted on 02/06/2010 9:27:37 AM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Soothesayer9

Next time we’ll direct the thief to your home address. I’m sure he could use your gas, a few antiques to sell, and your excess food in the fridge.


39 posted on 02/06/2010 9:30:50 AM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: mouse1

THen stealing is the answer?


40 posted on 02/06/2010 9:31:36 AM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Jaidyn

DId I say one word against the officer? Or am I complaining about theft?


41 posted on 02/06/2010 9:36:19 AM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

No stealing is not the answer. I was just pointing out that many fall thru the cracks.


42 posted on 02/06/2010 9:40:47 AM PST by mouse1
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To: pissant
DId I say one word against the officer? Or am I complaining about theft?

Boy, your name suits you! I didn't say you said anything against the officer. I explained how some people are genuinely bad off. And, you were complaining about people who supposedly have food, who steal. That is not always true, as I tried to present it.

43 posted on 02/06/2010 10:03:56 AM PST by Jaidyn
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To: pissant
The irony of those plans is that if you have never needed them you usually have no idea how to access them. So the man's story maybe true.

Still you maybe right.

I note that he had a working phone. Since phone is the first thing cut off if you don't pay the bill either his priorities are out of order or there is something missing from the story.

44 posted on 02/06/2010 10:08:41 AM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (I miss the competent fiscal policy and flag waving patriotism of the Carter Administration)
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To: ellery
Hmmmmm When he got to the grocery store on North Seventh Avenue, employees told Ziegler that a 32-year-old man had stuffed food and “pens, pencils, maybe markers, things for his kids” into his coat.

Stealing pens?? Or Markers? For the kiddies?

Hmmmm

A reporter happens to be in dispatch while the officer broadcasted that he was purchasing items for the suspect...

Hmmm...

45 posted on 02/06/2010 10:11:52 AM PST by dragnet2
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To: ellery
And then Ziegler kept the story to himself.

No, he didn't.

46 posted on 02/06/2010 10:16:07 AM PST by dragnet2
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To: pissant

I bet it made you feel good to tell us that.


47 posted on 02/06/2010 10:19:43 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: dragnet2

He told his dispatcher he was taking time to go pick up some groceries for the guy. That’s just explaining his whereabouts to his employer.

The media reporter in the 911 dispatch office is the one who blabbed it.


48 posted on 02/06/2010 10:22:17 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: ellery

Kudos to this good officer.


49 posted on 02/06/2010 10:29:58 AM PST by mysterio
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To: Rebelbase
Why would a reporter be hanging around inside of a restricted 911 emergency dispatch center? LE agencies will put out media releases as a matter of routine....To my knowledge, "reporters" are not allowed to wander around a law enforcement dispatch centers to look for stories...lol..

She overheard tidbits of the officer’s report that he was going to buy the man some food.

She "overheard"? Would that not mean the officer broadcasted what he was doing over the radio?

Why would someone concerned about feeding their family steal pens, pencils, and "maybe markers"?...

Why the story state, "Maybe markers"?

Did ya note the reporter, that was allegedly hanging around the 911 dispact center was not named?

Did ya note the thief was never named either?

50 posted on 02/06/2010 11:02:28 AM PST by dragnet2
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