Spokane grocery store owner gives surprise response to shoplifte - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spokane grocery store owner gives surprise response to shoplifter

Posted: Updated:
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Sergio De Leon knows what it’s like to need help.

The owner of the well-known Mexican deli and grocery market in North Spokane grew up going to food banks with his father in Texas.

“Everybody goes through hard times,” said De Leon. “I was there myself.”

Fast-forward to 2016 and De Leon is the owner of a store with his name on it.

But when someone stole from him Monday night, De Leon invited the shoplifter to come back.

“I kind of wanted to show this individual that there are places out there where he can go for help,” said De Leon. “I think we can help him out also.”

The incident was captured on camera, but it’s De Leon’s response that has captured the hearts of so many in Spokane.

De Leon posted the security footage on Facebook and wrote the following post:

“I see you took milk, tamales and other groceries, which makes me think you have a family. If you are in need, please come and see me and I will see that your family gets these groceries without you getting in trouble.”

“We had so many comments this morning on our Facebook page,” said De Leon. “But I don’t want to get any credit. I know this individual is in need and we want to help him out somehow.”

The man hasn’t returned as of Tuesday night, but De Leon hopes the situation will motivate people to give to food banks, so that people don’t have to steal.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Suspect identified in fatal downtown Spokane shooting

    Suspect identified in fatal downtown Spokane shooting

    Thursday, October 18 2018 2:45 PM EDT2018-10-18 18:45:23 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Update: Spokane Police Department SWAT Team officers took a homicide suspect into custody following an afternoon shooting in downtown Spokane. That suspect was identified as 27-year-old Joel C. Taitch. He was found blocks away from the crime scene and booked for 2nd degree murder. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Update: Spokane Police Department SWAT Team officers took a homicide suspect into custody following an afternoon shooting in downtown Spokane. That suspect was identified as 27-year-old Joel C. Taitch. He was found blocks away from the crime scene and booked for 2nd degree murder. 

    >>
  • Spokane dealing with blue ash aphid invasion

    Spokane dealing with blue ash aphid invasion

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 9:43 PM EDT2018-10-18 01:43:56 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Feel like you have to keep swatting bugs away when you've been walking outside this week? What you might be calling gnats, are really blue ash aphids. And right now they are more active than ever, because it's mating season. KHQ met a couple who noticed the blue ash aphids right when they started their walk in the park. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Feel like you have to keep swatting bugs away when you've been walking outside this week? What you might be calling gnats, are really blue ash aphids. And right now they are more active than ever, because it's mating season. KHQ met a couple who noticed the blue ash aphids right when they started their walk in the park. 

    >>
  • Texas authorities try to find woman who left boy on doorstep

    Texas authorities try to find woman who left boy on doorstep

    Thursday, October 18 2018 10:38 AM EDT2018-10-18 14:38:28 GMT

    SPRING, Texas - Authorities near Houston are trying to identify a woman who abandoned a toddler on a stranger's doorstep. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office says a video doorbell captured the woman running up to the door of the home in Spring dragging the boy by his arm, ringing the doorbell and knocking several times.

    >>

    SPRING, Texas - Authorities near Houston are trying to identify a woman who abandoned a toddler on a stranger's doorstep. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office says a video doorbell captured the woman running up to the door of the home in Spring dragging the boy by his arm, ringing the doorbell and knocking several times.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Missouri homeowner catches showering burglar

    Missouri homeowner catches showering burglar

    Thursday, October 18 2018 3:38 PM EDT2018-10-18 19:38:50 GMT

    A homeowner in Missouri comes face to face with a rather unconventional burglar. Richard Blackwell says he awoke to a noise in his house around 9am. Thinking it was a relative, he looked downstairs to find his front door kicked in and a snack of milk and cookies sitting on the counter. He heard someone in the shower, and armed himself before waiting outside. Blackwell waited ten minutes for the burglar to finish his shower. 

    >>

    A homeowner in Missouri comes face to face with a rather unconventional burglar. Richard Blackwell says he awoke to a noise in his house around 9am. Thinking it was a relative, he looked downstairs to find his front door kicked in and a snack of milk and cookies sitting on the counter. He heard someone in the shower, and armed himself before waiting outside. Blackwell waited ten minutes for the burglar to finish his shower. 

    >>
  • Traveling to Martin Stadium for the game this weekend? Here's what you need to know!

    Traveling to Martin Stadium for the game this weekend? Here's what you need to know!

    Thursday, October 18 2018 3:13 PM EDT2018-10-18 19:13:15 GMT
    Are you heading to Pullman this weekend as the Washington State Cougars take on the University of Oregon Ducks? If so, here's what you need to know. Below is a list of tips from the Washington State Department of Transportation:   Allow yourself extra travel time. With a large number of fans headed to town, roads could easily become congested. Know your routes. There are several ways into Pullman; plan your trip carefully and have alternate routes planned.  Prepar...>>
    Are you heading to Pullman this weekend as the Washington State Cougars take on the University of Oregon Ducks? If so, here's what you need to know. Below is a list of tips from the Washington State Department of Transportation:   Allow yourself extra travel time. With a large number of fans headed to town, roads could easily become congested. Know your routes. There are several ways into Pullman; plan your trip carefully and have alternate routes planned.  Prepar...>>
  • Suspect identified in fatal downtown Spokane shooting

    Suspect identified in fatal downtown Spokane shooting

    Thursday, October 18 2018 2:45 PM EDT2018-10-18 18:45:23 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Update: Spokane Police Department SWAT Team officers took a homicide suspect into custody following an afternoon shooting in downtown Spokane. That suspect was identified as 27-year-old Joel C. Taitch. He was found blocks away from the crime scene and booked for 2nd degree murder. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Update: Spokane Police Department SWAT Team officers took a homicide suspect into custody following an afternoon shooting in downtown Spokane. That suspect was identified as 27-year-old Joel C. Taitch. He was found blocks away from the crime scene and booked for 2nd degree murder. 

    >>