Two police officers from Dunwoody, Georgia responded to a shoplifting complaint, but when they got to the scene, they got a whole lot more than they bargained for. Gannett
DUNWOODY, Ga. — When two officers responded to a shoplifting complaint, they were met with more than shady suspects.
Officers Kerry Stallings and Mark Steven are ready for the bad guys, but a bad diaper?
"Nothing on here was prepared for a diaper or wipes, that's for sure," Stallings said.
Two adults were arrested for shoplifting at a local WalMart on Friday and had allegedly left two infants in their car. When the officers arrived, the babies were in need of a diaper change.
Both officers are fathers and said more than their police training, their instincts kicked in.
"I've changed many outside of work, but in 15 years, I've never had to change a diaper at work," Stevens said.
Another officer on the scene snapped a photo of Stallings with one of the babies, and it immediately went viral — racking up thousands of likes on Facebook.
"My wife said that she's been changing diapers for five years and she never got on the news about it. I changed one and I end up on the news," Stallings said.
The two officers aren't just getting attention for the diaper change, they're getting some gear.
The city council is awarding them Dunwoody Diaper bags, that Stallings hopes will match his outfit.
"It better be! It better be black with Velcro all over it," he said.
No matter the design, Stevens says that diaper bag is going on duty.
"I will carry that proudly," he said. "I will show up with my gear bag and my diaper bag on calls. And if I need to change a diaper out on a call, I have changed many before, and I can do another one."