The first call came that afternoon as Mary finally settled down to get some work done on her computer.
“Give me my fucking phone back cunt,” the voice on other end of the call said. The man was more than angry, he sounded unhinged.
Mary was left disturbed and, after taking a moment to gather herself, she called the police. The officer listened sympathetically and took down a report, promising to follow up that week.
Not more than an hour later there was a knock at the door. When Mary got up from her computer she saw two police officers standing outside. That was quick, she thought, assuming they were following up on her earlier call.
“Ma’am, may we come in,” the first officer, an unsmiling woman said. “We have a report that there is stolen property located here and we’d like to look around.”
Mary blinked, a tiny ping of doubt echoing through her thoughts. “That’s crazy. Do you have warrant?”
“We were hoping you would cooperate with us,” the second officer said, offering a placating smile.
“I will. When you have a warrant. I can assure you, I haven’t stolen anything. You’re the second ones to accuse me of that today. The other one I had to report to the police.”
Both officers frowned and glanced at each other. “When did this happen?” the woman said.
“About an hour ago,” Mary said, and explained the phone call.
Neither officer had anything to say to her story. They thanked her for her time and retreated to their squad car, parked in front of the house. There they spent some time on the radio and their computers as Mary watched, glancing from time to time at the house. After half an hour they left and Mary finally allowed herself to relax, though she was still left unsettled. What was going on?
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