In the Steal of the Night

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In the Steal of the Night
Written by Mark Edgemon

Joe Plimpton hid in the employee’s bathroom until everyone had left the office. He knew the alarm system codes and had his escape route mapped out. After the last door had shut and no sound could be heard, Joe stepped out of the stall to set into motion the Filkes Computer Software heist, a theft that would net him a hundred thousand dollars on the black market. Corporate espionage was a big business in the computer industry. He knew that fact very well.

He hacked into the corporate boss’s computer and then the director of software development’s computer and downloaded the information, proposals and graphs onto a blank cd and whisked himself out the door ahead of schedule.

Everything was going well. He was meeting his timetable and was actually ahead of schedule. He drove downtown to a computer coffee shop and met with a man representing the interested buyer of the stolen information. The man asked Joe to meet him out back so he could get his money. When they were in the alley, the man shot Joe dead, took the cd and drove away.

The killer drove back to Filkes Computer Software Inc. and met with the corporate vice president in the parking lot. The killer gave the vice president of the company the software and received an envelope with his pay in cash. The vice president of the company knew of Joe’s plan, because the company had microphones hidden throughout the building, as well as surveillance cameras. The company knew about his plan to steal from them and had him killed, so he would not divulge to anyone what he knew.

Filkes was familiar with stealing, because the company had stolen the same software program that Joe had stolen from them. They were also familiar with murder. But their time will come.

Copyright © 2008 Mark Edgemon

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