Woman files police report after her money is stolen — then the officer gets an idea, and asks his department for help

December 6, 2017 4:13 pm Last Updated: December 8, 2017 4:12 pm

A woman who has been identified as Valerie won’t have to worry about how she’s going to afford her bills for a few months—thanks to a few generous police officers at the Glendale Police Department.

“On behalf of me and the Glendale Police Department, we are giving you this…” one of the officers told Valerie as she stood in Walgreens in awe at the number of officers who showed up.

The 60-year-old woman, who lives near Phoenix, Arizona, works two jobs in order to support herself. At the end of the week she went to the bank to withdraw money to pay an electric bill and a phone bill. She took out $160 and placed it in an envelope.

After Valerie visited the bank she went to Walgreens where she ran into a friend and the two started talking.

Valerie made a stop at a store where she accidentally left something behind.

By the time Valerie left the store she realized her mistake. She accidentally left the envelope with the $160 inside the store. It was later stolen, and the suspect was seen on a security camera.

She filed a police report and told the officer, Officer Bill Downey, her predicament. Losing that money meant she had to work extra hours in order to make up for it.

Officer Downey discussed the incident with a fellow officer.

While talking about the incident with Officer Wes Zygmont, another officer with the Glendale Police Department, the two decided that they wanted to help Valerie.

Officer Zygmont reached out to the officers working the dayshift as well as those on the communications team and asked if they would donate a little money to help the victim. Their goal was to raise the $160 that Valerie had stolen. In the end they raised at lot more: a total of $1,000.

“Your $162 plus $838, for a grand total of $1,000.”

Once the officers raised the money they arranged to meet Valerie at the Walgreens where her money was stolen.

Many of the officers who donated were there to present Valerie with the cash.

She was extremely surprised by the police officers’ generosity.

The officers’ kind gesture left her nearly speechless, although she was able to thank each and every one with a big hug.

“I didn’t expect to cry today,” she said as the officers assured her that everything would be ok.

According to the Glendale Police Department’s Facebook page the suspect turned herself in.