This is a police report based on the Type 4 scenario you just read. If you’ve written your own version, compare it to the version below.
I saw smoke rising above a wooded lot at the intersection of Post Street and Pine Avenue. I was on my way to lunch at Cathy’s Cafe and pulled over onto the grassy area at the northwest corner to investigate.
Less than a minute later I saw two male youths walk out from between the trees. When they saw my patrol car, they began running south on Pine Avenue.
I called the fire department, reported the fire, and gave the location. I then followed the boys as they ran toward the E-Z Shoppe at the southwest corner of Pine Avenue and Carter Street. I parked in the E-Z Shoppe parking lot and exited my vehicle. The boys saw me standing there and froze. Neither boy was carrying anything.
I talked first to Jimmy Tonger (DOB 9/4/01, 1311 Conley Road). He told me he and Stone had a secret club that met in the wooded lot, and they didn’t start the fire. I then talked to Sam Stone (DOB 2/2/01, 1335 Conley Road). Stone said he and Tonger had a stash of “dirty magazines” that they kept in a cardboard box in the wooded lot. He said they smelled smoke, were afraid, and ran toward the street. He said he and Tonger were going home to report the fire.
I used my department cell phone to take a picture of Tonger and of Stone. I then called headquarters and spoke to Detective Camille Santos. I gave her the boys’ names and addresses for further investigation. I drove back to the wooded lot, parked my patrol car, and talked to firefighter Janice Wilkes, who told me the fire had already been extinguished.
I returned to the station house, downloaded and printed the pictures of Tonger and Stone, and gave them to Detective Santos.