Officer Carl Grubb with the Bellevue Police Department spent some time behind bars Saturday at Shadow Lake Towne Center in Papillion.
“Puttin’ him in a cage, and once he posts his bail, he’ll be able to get out,” explained Frank Mack, the Head of Delegation for the Bellevue Special Olympics.
That bail money was a goal of $5000 in donations to the Bellevue Special Olympics for uniforms, travel expenses, and facilities.
“Today, we’ve been taking some breaks with the weather unfortunately, but we were out here 8 o’clock this morning, we’ll be out here, the plan is till 8 o’clock at night,” said Officer Grubb.
The weather conditions meant foot traffic was also down on what is usually the busiest shopping weekend of the year.
“Kinda helps…people feel sorry for me. Hopefully feel sorry for me. Help out and help me raise my bail money,” said Officer Grubb.
Mack took a brief shift in the cell whenever Officer Grubb needed a break. They both said that the cause is worth the cold.
“Plenty of hand warmers throughout pockets and gloves. We’re doing our best right now to brave the elements,” said Mack.
But if the shoppers won't come to the cop, the cop will come to them. Officer Grubb left the center square of the shopping center in a special mobile cage to visit shoppers to stores on the outer rim of Shadow Lake.
“If I didn’t believe in assisting the athletes and helping the coaches out with raising money, I wouldn’t be out here. Something dear and close to my heart that I’ve participated in for years,” said Officer Grubb.
Officer Grubb was joined by some of the athletes as well, who also took shifts in and out of the cold. They were also out from 10am-4pm on Sunday.
Officer Grubb said that he would probably stay for the whole event even if they reached their $5000 goal.