Accused of a crime...you know the rest
January 7, 2007 3:34 PM Subscribe
My grandfather stands accused of a crime he did not comit. He got a phone call from the police last week:
"Mr Anonymous? You're on our wanted list for a shoplifting from $UK_SHOP in $UK_CITY. I don't want to come to your house to arrest you, but we need you to come in and talk to us in a week's time."
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"But that's absolutely mad! When was this crime supposed to have happened?"
"We can't say. Have you ever been arrested before?"
"No, of course not! Can't I come in now, to clear my name?"
"No. I'm only available in a week's time."
My interpretation of all this is that it seems like someone stole from this shop while my grandfather was there, and that they've used the CCTV and credit card records to trace (all the customers in store at the time / him).
But why would they use words like "wanted list" and "arrest" - when surely all they should be saying is "we want to eliminate you from our enquiries" like they are reported as saying on the news? This is a huge cloud hanging over my grandfather's head!
Can anyone make any sense of this, or offer any alternative interpretations on why they might think he's done this?