“Enter, stranger, but take heed
Of what awaits the sin of greed,
For those who take, but do not earn,
Must pay most dearly in their turn. — J.K. Rowling.
A M O S T S U B S T A N D A R D H I D E A W A Y
This is the first in a three-part series regarding cunning, deception, gall and illegal activity. No this is not another White House exposition.
The alleged thefts involve my neighbor and his friends and associates who decided this past weekend to use a nearby tree in a schoolyard as a place to hide stolen cycles The way they placed the bikes in the trees is truly ingenious.
Hope you enjoy this tale of deception cunning and guile.
Part 1 — The Stash
There are at least four perpetrators involved in this modern-day theft operation.
The main player/coordinator in this drama is a fourth floor resident. He enjoys flaunting the rules and has been told a significant number of times by management to not park his bike on the residence steps.
Well this time he used his noggin and invited a few of his cronies to use the tree in an adjacent schoolyard as a temporary holding place for the cycles found unattended.
The photos above show how the bikes ( two of them) were strung on the tree in the branches like Christmas lights. The cycles are hard to detect if you are not looking for them. That is what they were counting on.
Sunday morning when I gazed out my patio door I thought I saw something unusual in the tree and I was correct. Two cycles were carefully nestled in the branches.
My immediate conclusion: two of this guy’s friends were too drunk to ride their bikes home so their friends placed them in the trees Tarzan style. My second conclusion was that strangers were playing a trick on the bike riders.
All my ready-made theories melted in the light of day when a group of people started playing soccer near the cycles in the early afternoon and the man in the photo on the left and a few of his friends began lowering them from the trees.
The whole setup seemed suspicious but the two-man work crew worked in plain site of passersby…unfettered and unmolested.
In the second part of this real life thriller one of the crew’s “mechanics” came on the scene and the vehicle he used conceal his illegal intentions was intriguing. –gc
….. more to come tomorrow