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Police Story Assignment

Here is information about three police incidents.


On the left are notes taken by a reporter about an auto theft with a strange twist and about a jewelry store robbery in Miami.. On the right is a link to a police report about a robbery at a bingo hall in which a police officer and the alleged robber were shot.


Write a story on each incident, 100-150 words each. Remember to look for an interesting twist, if there is one. Remember that human injury or property damage should go high. And remember that cops talk in "cop speak" and we write in English. Remember to translate, don't just pick up cops' language.

Auto Theft Notes

From Officers Harold Butterfield and Robert Barbour, Maplewood PD.


Charles W. Blethroade, 18, charged with stealing auto Sunday, a.m.


Car, 2004 Nissan Altima, black, taken from Shell Station, Main and Wall streets, around 8 am. Officers spotted vehicle on street and gave chase.


Suspect lost control, crashed vehicle into utility pole. Unhurt, ran to First Presbyterian Church nearby. Services underway.


Officers B and R waited outside until services over.


Apprehended suspect as he shook hands with minister (Robert K. Fitzgerald) at church front door.





Police Report - Robbery/ Shooting


Click on the image below to open a PDF copy of the police report. You'll need Acrobat Reader to view it. If you don't have Acrobat Reader click here to download it.






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