NASHVILLE, Tenn.- After raiding several local markets for selling stolen merchandise, Metro Police are now giving away the rest of the forfeited property to local charities. One market owner's loss will soon be a single mother's gain.
This past summer investigators with the Metro Police Department were raiding markets in East and North Nashville.
Metro Police said they seized food, drinks, diapers, and other items from Rider's Market in East Nashville and the 23rd and Osage Market in North Nashville. They made arrests and accused the owners of selling stolen merchandise.
"The defendants pled out and part of their plea agreement was they forfeited most of the property at their business," said Detective Dean Haney, who worked the North Nashville case.
Metro Police chose to give the seized items to Second Harvest Food Bank and Nurses for Newborns.
Nurses For Newborns is a program which provides free health care and other services for at risk mothers and their babies. The foundation also offers supplies like baby wipes, diapers and even food.
Shirley Rolston gave birth to a daughter this past summer. She named her Amiracle.
All babies need constant care, but Amiracle requires even more care than the usual. She was born with just three chambers in her heart and twice a week nurse from Nurses For Newborns visits the family.
"I'll call a mom and ask if there's any specific thing you might need that we might have," said Barbara Williams, who works for Nurses For Newborns.
Shirley Rolston said she is grateful for the help of programs like Nurses For Newborns and even more thankful to police for donating items. All this adds up to one less worry for the single mom.