(CNN)A 7-Eleven store owner was working in the back office when an employee alerted him to a possible shoplifter.
A 7-Eleven owner caught a hungry teen shoplifting. Instead of calling the police, he gave him food
Via the store's security cameras, Jitendra Singh watched as a teen slyly pocketed items such as gum and candy.
By the time Singh went into the main store area, the shoplifter was at the counter paying for a few items.
"I asked him, 'Take out whatever you have in your pocket,' so he took out one of the items," Singh told CNN.
But Singh knew the teen had taken more. He told the boy to empty the rest of his pockets or he'd have to call the cops.
When the store owner asked why he was stealing the merchandise, the teen said it was because he and his younger brother were hungry.
At this point, an employee had a 911 operator on the phone -- but Singh told him to hang up.
"I said, 'Well that's not food. You're stealing gum and candies. That's just something for munching,'" Singh said. "I said, 'If you're hungry, ask me. I'l