Police and Criminals
Audio text, with answers:
Victim: Inspector – I want to report a theft.
Policeman: Of course. Tell me what happened.
V: I was waiting for a bus. It was raining, and there were three other people at the bus stop…
V: …and when the bus came I took some money out of my handbag. When I got on the bus I saw there was no money in my handbag. Somebody stole it!
P: We have to fill in this crime report form. I am Inspector Stephens. Can I have your name please?
V: Yes. It’s Jayne Quirky.
P: Is that J – A – N – E?
V: No; J – A -Y -N – E.
P: And can you spell Quirky?
V: Q – U – I – R – K – Y.
P: …..and a contact number.
V: Yes – 937 524 816.
P: OK, so when did this happen?
V: In Dover, just in front of the shopping centre.
P: At the bus stop?
V: That’s right.
P: What time did it happen, more or less?
V: I was waiting for the 4:35 bus.
P: What did they steal?
V: Just money.
P: How much?
V: Between 35 and 40 pounds.
P: Who stole the money? Who do you think it was?
V: There were 2 people: One was young – about 17 or 18 years old, tall, and he had short brown hair.
P: OK, and the other person?
V: He was older. I didn’t see him very well, but he had a hat, some sunglasses and a beard.
P: Sunglasses, and it was raining?
V: That’s right.
P: Who saw you? Were there any witnesses?
V: There was a young lady with straight hair. I don’t know if she saw anything.
P: OK. We are going to look in our computer for these descriptions and we will tell you something on Monday, OK?
V: OK – thank you, officer!
Police Officer: Inspector Stephens (Stevens is OK)
Name of Victim: Jayne Quirky
Contact number: 937 524 816
Date / Time of Incident: 4:30 – 4:35 (more or less) no date.
Place of Incident: At the bus stop in front of the shopping centre, in Dover.
Items stolen: 35-40 pounds
Suspects: One was young – about 17 or 18 years old, tall, and he had short brown hair. The other was older.He had a hat, some sunglasses and a beard.
General Information: One witness – a young lady with straight hair.
Next action: Look in police computer for descriptions- Police will tell victim something on Monday.
Now, the answers to the writing exercise:
Police: Hello Jayne. Thank you for coming.
Jayne: Not at all – Thank you for phoning. Do you have any news?
Police: Yes, we have the suspect in our cells now.
J: How did you find the thief?
P: First we looked in our files on the computer. We saw that the man you described has a history of theft…
J: The man with the sunglasses? I thought it was him!
P: He was a pickpocket and shoplifter, nothing serious. He was in prison seven years ago, for about three months. We went to ask him some questions….
P: He’s blind, Miss Quirky – he can’t see! It wasn’t him. He went blind three or four years ago. That’s why he was wearing glasses.
J: So it was the other boy? I knew it!
P: No, Miss Quirky. We have no evidence against the other boy. He has no police record – he is a student at university and there is no reason to think that he was the person who stole your money.
J: In that case, who was it? Who do you have in the cells?
P: The person we have in the cells is Miss ‘Quickfingers’ Jones. I’m sure she is the thief. She is responsible for half of the thefts in town.
J: So, is she going to court?
P: No, unfortunately we have no evidence. We have to let her go free.
J: What? You aren’t going to do anything???
P: No. We can’t do anything. It’s not so easy, Miss Quirky.
J: In that case, I’m going to steal my 40 euros from this Miss ‘Quickfingers’ myself!