West, then, was terrified when the two police officers knocked on her door. Quoted in the local newspaper article, Spragins recounted, “[West] was crying and upset, and she was just scared.” But although the cops had apparently apprehended their perp, they soon found out something that gave them pause. Spragins continued, “The family hadn’t eaten in three days. They just needed to eat. She just needed to feed her family.”
West’s situation was clearly grim, and it shocked the two officers. You see, Bradshaw had checked the fridge and kitchen shelves to find that, other than the stolen food items, the cupboards were bare. West had in fact been preparing a spaghetti meal with her ill-gotten gains when the officer and his partner arrived at the door.