“I don’t do this all the time, but when you look at someone’s face and you know that they need you and that they’re actually hungry it’s pretty difficult as a human being to walk away from something like that, you know? We weren’t raised like that.”

The officers ride bicycles for the NYPD’s Strategic Response Group and were on detail in Union Square when they stopped in the Whole Foods to grab some cold water and a quick lunch.

The female shoplifter, whose identity has not been revealed, had been stopped by security guards, who called the cops over.