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´╗┐Narrative Writing Low Profile Ancy Cherian Boris Watkins was humming a tune to the radio in his car when the music was interrupted by a special news bulletin. "We break into our regular programming to bring you an update on the bank robbery that occurred earlier today at the St. George's branch of the United Bank. A lone gunman escaped with nearly two million dollars, wounding two guards and an off-duty police officer while making his exit. Due to a malfunction in the bank's security cameras, a photograph is not available, but a police sketch has just been released to the public. More details will follow as they come to light. We now return you to our regular broadcast." Boris strolled through the side door of the packed jewellery store, avoiding the business's main entrance. Casually he surveyed the store as he pretended to study a banner proclaiming ?Diamond Sale Days.? One of the clerks, an attractive young woman dressed in a formal business suit, was speaking in low tones to the store's handsome young security guard. ...read more.


Boris walked out of their direct sight and approached a busy counter where several customers were vying for a lone salesman's attentions. Perfect. He pushed his way to the counter, and after several minutes of waiting, managed to catch the man's attention. Boris asked to see three sets of expensive diamond earrings and one set of inferior jewellery most likely brought into the store just for the sale. Pretending to ponder the choices, Boris ignored the bustling crowd at his elbows. Finally another customer grew impatient with him and said in a stern voice to the salesman, "While he's making up his mind, I see exactly what I want. I insist that you take my money right now." That was what Boris had been waiting for. With the salesman's attention distracted for a few moments, Boris slipped the most expensive earrings off the counter and into his pocket before anyone could see what he'd done. In plain sight, he picked up the cheap earrings and approached the salesman with a fifty dollar bill in his hand. ...read more.


He was just stepping out of the door when he noticed a squad of police facing him, their guns drawn in a semi-circle, every weapon pointing directly at him. Through a bullhorn, one of the police officers commanded, "Drop your bag and hit the ground, or we'll shoot." Boris did as he was told, stunned by the massive show of force. He looked up in despair as he saw an officer clad in a bullet-proof vest approach him cautiously. In seconds, Boris was handcuffed and jerked to his feet. He said, "I don't understand what's going on." The officer who had cuffed him said, "Don't play dumb. A clerk inside spotted you the second you walked in the door." "Yeah, I've been arrested once before, but it was never with this much fuss." "What did you expect? It's not like you were keeping a low profile." "What are you talking about?" Without saying a word, the officer reached into his back pocket and pulled out a sheet of paper. Boris found his sketched image staring back at him from the ?Wanted? Bulletin. His knees went weak as he realised that he was a dead ringer for the police sketch of the man who'd just robbed the bank. 822 words ...read more.

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