The radio crackles into life to disturb the otherwise deafening silence in my earpiece. The tone in the voice of the comms operator tells me that there is a code A on the immediate horizon.
‘Any unit near the shops, burglary in progress at shop at number 16?’
Pinch me……………I am not far away. This is a lucky break from the last few calls where I have been a long way off. The various free units respond but are even further away. I am in with a chance. I speed up, as quiet as I can to get there without being heard. I have three roads to go.
I drive along one, turn into two, cut the lights as I approach the turn into three, just around the corner against a non-existent flow of traffic. It is late and most normal people are tucked up in bed. But these are not normal people. These are late night shoppers who do not intend to pay for their goods of choice.
I lean back and pull the latch on the internal cage door. My mate suddenly joins me for a look to see what is going to happen. He knows. I quickly tell comms I am very close and as I turn the corner into the road with the shops they are there. I can see one stood outside. The one leans forward, clearly a warningshout, and as he turns and begins to run he is suddenly joined by two others.
I am out of the van, after grabbing the keys, I identify myself, my warning shouting for them to stop in time honoured tradition. My mate is off, after them, a lot faster than me, on four feet drive. The three turn the corner ahead, followed by my mate, followed by me trying to catch up.
I get around the corner to see them stopped in another shop doorway to avoid immediate and painful detention. They begin to shout and one tries to push past the dog giving him a swipe to the head as he does so. This is a mistake. He understand this too late.
As I arrive the three begin to threaten me, they are going to do things to me that could be unpleasant. The one with the late understanding tries to kick me as my mate warns the others. My mate is quicker than him. This was another mistake. I think he now understands.
I can hear the approach of the troops, they are there in seconds. We have done our good deed for the shift, response are pleased, I am pleased, my mate wants it to start all over again.
We will have to wait. He will have to wait.
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