A policeman has been praised after buying a man the shirt he was trying to steal for a job interview.

Constable Niran Jeyanesan was called to deal with the shoplifter in Toronto, Canada.

Upon arriving at the store, however, the policeman was so touched by the 18-year-old's story that he decided to buy the clothes for him instead.

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That little act of kindness managed to land the lad a job and he'll start next week.

"He's starting Monday," Mr Jeyanesan told Canada's CP24.

"He told me he actually wore the shirt and the tie - I'm just so happy"

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When Jeyanesan arrived on the scene, the young adult explained to him that his family was facing difficult times as his father was sick.

"This young person has been facing his own difficulties in life and he was looking to straighten out all that by providing for his family and trying to get a job," the policeman said.

"This individual didn't have any resources. He wanted to go get that job. That was in his mind. I think he truly made a mistake."

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Thefts under $5,000 (£3,000) are often charged as summary offences or indictable offences.

The sentence for a summary offence is six months imprisonment, a fine of $5,000 or both, an indictable offence is likely to see harsher punishment.

Usually, a copper would face severe discipline for so easily allowing a criminal to walk free, but not this time. In fact, Jeyanesan's boss was impressed at the sympathy shown.

Speaking to the BBC, the policeman's staff sergeant, Paul Bois, said: "Arresting him [the 18-year-old] wouldn't have been in the best interests of anyone.

"I reacted very positively to the news; all issues were resolved by the action the officer took.

"It reiterates our goal of being positive role models in the community."

The young man's father is also believed to have found work with thanks to some friends who were 'willing to help'.

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Michael Minay

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