The Lucky Thief

 The Lucky Thief

Louise Burt was walking along a San Francisco street.

 Suddenly a man took her purse and ran. Mrs.

 Burt was very angry. She had ten dollars, her

bus pass, and the keys to her house

in the purse. Mrs. Burt ran after the thief.
The thief ran one block, two blocks, three

blocks. The thief was a young man, so he

could run fast. Mrs. Burt was not a young

woman_she was 73 years old_but she could

run fast, too. Mrs. Burt stayed right behind the thief.
Mrs. Burt was wearing two chopsticks in her hair.

The chopsticks had sharp ends. Mrs. Burt took

 the chopsticks out of her hair. "Maybe I can

stab the thief with these chopsticks,

" she thought. "Then he will drop purse."
The thief ran into an apartment building.

Mrs. Burt followed him.

"Help! Stop him!" she shouted. "He has my purse!"
Two police officers were walking near

the apartment building. They heard Mrs.

Burt and ran to help her. One police officer

 stayed with Mrs. Burt.

The other police officer chased the thief.
The police officer found the thief on the roof of the

 apartment building. The thief was looking in

Mrs. Burt's purse. When he saw the police

 officer, the thief dropped the purse and

jumped off the building. The building was two stories high.
A few minutes later the police officer caught the

 thief. He was hiding under a car.

He couldn't run because he had two broken ankles.

The police took the thief to jail. The thief

will stay in jail for long time. But the thief was lucky.

He was lucky that the police caught him.

He lucky that Mrs. Burt didn't catch him!