Frank V. Arcilesi
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It was 9:45 pm when I pulled the cruiser onto the parking lot of the Marlow Pawnshop and pulled around the back. My shift had started almost 6 hours earlier. It had already been filled with a drunken brawl, two domestic violence cases, a hit and run, and the retrieval of a scared cat that had run up a tree. I radioed in my location as I parked and got out to patrol the area around the shop. The pawnshop had been broken into twice during late night hours in the past year. Nothing had been stolen because the alarms had gone off but we still kept it on active surveillance. The bad guys can always get craftier.
My flashlight penetrated the mist, which had abruptly rolled in minutes earlier as I walked to the back door of the shop to make sure everything was secure. The back door had been the point of entry of the earlier robberies. A new iron grate had been installed recently and everything was secure so I made my way around to the front of the building. The iron grating had been pulled across the front windows and locked also. Similarly the grate drawn across the front door was also secure. Everything was tight and nothing seemed out of order so I returned to my black and white unit.