You don’t read many stories, these days, about “good cops.” Here’s one.
The officer is PFC Matthew Pleva, who’s assigned to Fairfax County’s Mount Vernon police district. Last month PFC Pleva answered a call about the theft of a purse from a car in a shopping center on Richmond Highway. A man had walked up to 69-year-old Sharon Cochraham’s car, pulled open the passenger door and stole the woman’s purse. A routine investigation and report, right?
Yes, but one of the items that was in the stolen purse was Sharon Cochraham’s rosary. PFC Pleva remembered that and the following Saturday the police officer appeared at the victim’s front door. In his hand was a new rosary for her. “You can’t go to Mass tomorrow without a rosary,” said the officer.
Said Cochraham, in a letter to PFC Pleva’s commander, “While the criminal action dampened my faith a bit Officer Pleva’s action restored it.”