Early Crime Madness At 3:30 A. M.

About four month ago I started paying more attention to what people were doing around 3:00 to 3:30 A.M. in the morning. I get up at 2:30 because my wife has to be at dialysis by five a. m. She is handicapped, so I have to do everything for her before I can drive her clear across town. It does take many hours to make breakfast, shower both her and myself, select the clothes we are going wear, take the dog out to do his business and many more tasks to do that I will not mention at this time.I walk outside and pick up the newspaper while the dog does his business and then I come back inside. It is dark but the pole lights give off enough light to get around, depending how close to the street we live. Usually I stand on the porch, which I leave it dark so that people won’t see me for reasons I won’t mention.When the newspaper person drives around he throws the paper on the driveway and then drives away. However, I started paying more attention of how he was doing his job when the dogs around the neighborhood stopped barking less and less. It seemed okay for a while until rumors started spreading that pet owners were missing their beloved dogs. I found it to be a little strange because their animals didn’t all just walk away.As the conversation went, they mentioned that it would have been hard for them to get stolen because they didn’t allow many people to get close to them without barking or defending themselves. Since I own a dachshund and he is an adorable companion, I was a little worried about the absence of many dogs around our neighborhood.At numerous times I observed that when the newspaperman came to collect the money he would make sure to make contact with the dogs. He would make friends with our pets and he would stop and talk to them too. He was very friendly with them and as owners we thought it was nice of him to care about our pets.I didn’t think much about it until those early mornings went I took my dog out. There he was getting out of his car and speaking to many dogs as he placed the newspapers down on our driveways. It seemed innocent enough, however petting animals at 3:30 a. m. took a lot of balls, if you ask me. So I hid in my darken porch and starting spying as he made his paper route.Finally, at a distance I thought that I saw him lead a few fine animals into his truck. He didn’t often bring his truck, but when he did some animals went missing the next day. He was careful not to get noticed, and that is why I wasn’t too sure I had seen him taking those good breed dogs the first time. I continued keeping taps on him, but it wasn’t easy because I still had all of those chores to do that I mentioned before. I couldn’t just stand there and wait and see if he would try it again and besides, the following days he wouldn’t bring the truck, he was too smart.One day I remembered a pair of binoculars that I had stored after the football season and so I took them out of storage. I watched immensely for a week until he struck again at precisely 3:30 a.m. again. He took my neighbors dogs and I quickly banged on his front door for him to call the police. I wasn’t a pretty sight to see with what I was dressed or not dressed in that morning, so I had to go back in my house to put on some more decent clothes before the police would arrive.They quickly apprehended him from the description I gave them and the dogs were brought back. He confessed to his crime and he gave an honest report of what he had been doing. The rest of the neighbors were out of luck because he had already sold the dogs to some people some three hundred miles further up north.The good breeds that had fighting blood in them were left to starve for a short while to get them to be vicious in the dogfights they were entered in. Depending on how they did, it was repeated over and over again. The other breeds were sold to breeders to make puppy mills. Yes, it wasn’t just any typical 3:30 a.m. mornings around here. Someone else delivered the newspaper the next morning, and guess who made the headlines?

Early Crime Madness At 3:30 A. M.


Harlingen, United States

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A crime is being commited around 3:30 a. m., so beware if you have pets.


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