DEAR EDITOR,

Last Thursday, March 7, I bought a large amount of fishing equipment at a local store. My shopping cart contained more than a dozen pieces of fishing gear.

After I paid for the stuff, I ran into lady who works at Atchison Hospital, where I get my blood tests done every six months or so. The lady, carrying a baby in a carrier with one arm and a large box in the other, looked like she needed some help. I left my cart behind and went over to offer a hand. She told me everything would be fine.

I went home, and later found that while I had been distracted with offering assistance to the woman, someone had taken a bag out of the cart that contained most of the items I bought. I got a bargain on those supplies, and it is very upsetting to lose it this way.

The police came to investigate. Patrol Officer Nicole Maendele with the Atchison Police Department took a significant amount of time to watch all of the security film and investigate the scene in an attempt to find out what happened. I really appreciate that. She went out of her way to help me.

I thought that maybe the store thinks that I was trying to scam the store out of the goods I purchased, but that’s not the case at all, and the police have helped clear that up. I’m confident that the police will find who took my stuff and I’ll get the restitution I deserve. It’s the principle of the matter.

Meanwhile, thanks to Patrol Officer Maendele for her help.

— DENNIS PALMER,

Atchison

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