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Friday, April 21, 2017

Cat With Cold Feet

Drug Kingpin, Alvin Tolliver munched on some hot tasty doughnuts and drank a tumbler of coffee in the Bakery in the Little Norway section of Philadelphia..He was waiting for Sergei Kostlov, his supplier and in many ways...His boss....

"Damn Sergei, this damn doughnuts are good...So is this coffee...If you ever get out of the supplying racket...You could make a pile of money with this bakery...." laughed Alvin...

Sergei did not smile...He used this bakery to launder the dirty money of some of his constituants...The fact that the bakery actually turned a profit in addition to that was another feather in his cap...But the importing of high grade Heroin and Cocaine and other Opiates was how he really made his fortune...He was a very wealthy man...He had a home on the mainline and a summer home and a boat in Key West.... America really was the land of opportunity he thought...

"I have not heard from my man yet...Which is surprising...He's usually quite punctual...." said Sergei...

"Yeah, well maybe he had to abort.." said Alvin...

"He is very proficient....I have used him before...He has always reported...I have a friend in the State Department...He gave me Cecil....Cecil comes with high references...So your cousin, your troublesome cousin is probably dead by now!" said Sergei..

"Yeah? Well I haven't seen or heard a thing about it on the news..." scoffed Alvin...

"Neither have I and that's strange....I've called Cecil and Tucker several times and none of them have answered their phones..." said Sergei..

''Maybe they're in jail..."said Alvin...

"I assure you they aren't...That's why I sent Tucker along, to back him up if any cops got in the way.."said Sergei..

''And my cousin had to die? You just had to kill him?"asked Alvin sarcastically..

"He was trouble...He was weak..." said Sergei..

"You know...before I met you...I managed to sell Heroin quietly throughout the city and it's suburbs without a peep...Cops didn't even know my name...I had white boys and girls, suburban types...handling distrubution..and selling to their own network of buyers...Then you come along and 8 murders followed, all because you didn't trust somebody or you had a bad feeling about this one or that one..Next thing I know...The cops and the feds know my name, but not yours...and 39 of my people take a fall and 8 guys for your murders....then my cousin, who was just fine...gets shook...You go behind my back and put a contract on him and your goofy shooter kills a girl, an innocent girl who had nothing to do with this...and now the cops are hot on my trail again.."said Alvin..

Sergei looked at him the way an adult looks at a child and said-

"You are saying this to say what?"

"Sergei...you're bad for business..." said Alvin as he finished his coffee and his doughnuts....

"It is you who are bad for business....I have found another man to distribute my product...A man who understands business and does not appear to be weak...I invited you here to you that our deal is off until the time comes that you build a new team or network...Then,Maybe I'll give you a taste of my product again..."

"Oh yeah? , Well He sure is gonna be disappointed..." said Alvin, who produced a pistol with a silencer on it and took aim and fired...

The shot went right between Sergei's eyes and out the back of his head...He fell backwards, out of his chair...dead...

Alvin looked down at him and fired one more shot into his chest...

"That was for my cousin.." he said.

A man behind the counter brandished a shotgun...But Alvin shot him twice in the chest and once in the head..

He too fell behind the counter dead....

It was early in the morning...No other customers were in the shop...

Alvin went behind the counter and filled a bag full of doughnuts and pastries and then poured himself a styrofoam tumbler of coffee..

He slipped his pistol in his waistband and then exited the store...

''Damn...these is some good ass doughnuts.." he said as he walked down the street, whistling!...The sun was coming up!

II-
Detective Tony Hopkins sat outside Carvin "Cat "Gibbons condo......His wife, FBI deputy Special Agent in charge, Sharon Ferrell-Hopkins sat with him...They had been sitting outside all night..Two plain clothes cops were across the street and one was in the lobby..

"Baby, we should have took him in immediately and sent our own people to pack him up.."said Sharon..

"You might be right...He's been up there a long time...His light is still on...What is he doing up there?" asked Hop..

"Not what we've been doing in this car most of the night.." laughed Sharon slyly..."Maybe I should have let your partner do this stakeout with you...You haven't been able to keep your hands off of me all night..."she laughed..

They had been kissing and making out like two teenagers...

The two plain clothes guys across the street were making sure no gunmen were around...The one in the lobby was waiting for Cat Gibbons to come down...

"It's been hours...Let me call him ." said Hop...

Hop called his phone, but it went to voicemail...

"Something doesn't feel right...I'm goin upstairs.." said Hop...

"I'm going with you.." said Sharon as she followed her husband...The three plain clothes cops assigned to the detail followed them...

Hop knocked on the door...then he tried the door...It was unlocked..He pulled his service revolver out...

Sharon pulled hers and the five of them entered the room....

The bed was unmade... There were dishes in the sink....The refrigerator had a bottle of milk and a carton of orange juice...Nothing more...

There were no clothes in the closets or underwear in the drawers....No laptops or phones.....

Sharon saw a pair of panties and a matching bra on the bed...

"Apparently he had company.." she said.

"No, those belong to the dead girl...The girl that got shot to death in here..." said Hop who recognized them from the crime scene...He was surprised they got left behind...

One of the plain clothes cops said-

"It doesn't look like he ever came back here..."

"I know...and considering the place is empty....He had this planned for awhile...We got snookered." said Hop...
Sharon looked around..She saw a smartphone on the floor by the window..

"Baby, call his number.." she said.

Hop called and the phone vibrated...

''His phone has been here all the time...You've been calling his room.." said Sharon.

III-

Several CSI men were taking photographs and dusting the Bakery for prints and DNA.......

Hazel had on Latex gloves and was observing one body....

"He got shot right between the eyes...a. 22..it exited the back of his head...Death was instant...and there is a second shot to the chest...delivered after death...Probably to make sure.." she said..

Detective Angela Belton -Barlow was looking at the second body, behind the counter...she also had on Latex gloves..

"Two shots to the chest....one looks like it punctured the heart... and another shot to the head....same caliber bullet, judging by the hole.." she said.

"The store manager and the employees found them both when they opened the store up this morning...No money was taken....Just some doughnuts...." said Duke..

I looked at the body of Sergei Kostlov on the floor and his body guard, Yuri Melan....behind the counter...

"Wow!  This was Tolliver's supplier, his connect..." I said..

"It must have happened early this morning before opening...Maybe an argument ensued..." said Carlotta, who was helping the C.S.I. people bag and tag shell casings..

"I just looked at the store monitor...It caught the whole thing....No mystery to who our killer is...It's Alvin Tolliver..We got him Keith...We got him cold...for double homicide..." said Tyriq...

''What did he do..Snap or something?" asked Jimmy..
"It looks like they were having a casual conversation...then Tolliver just shot him and the bodyguard..He took some doughnuts...poured himself  a tumbler of coffee and left..." said Duke.

"This is about his cousin...He was mad because he thinks they had his cousin killed." said Carlotta..

"How ironic...His cousin is still alive and in our custody." laughed Angie..."He killed them for nothing.." she mused..

''I wish we had audio...So we could hear what they were talking about...We don't know for sure what this was about.." I said as the bodies were tagged and brought out...

A sordid end to the career of a criminal mastermind..

Ironically, we had just got an indictment on him filed..Wouldn't need it now, for either of them..

 The little bakery opened as the crew cleaned up and began business as usual...

IV-

And meanwhile at Cat Gibbon's apartment..

"Guys, don't beat yourself up over this...He couldn't have gone far...I have a patrol car at his downtown office..They haven't seen him...He has another residence...I sent a patrol car over there...They haven't seen him either.." said Sissy..

"It's almost as if he never came back here...You think he met with foul play?" asked Hop..

"Highly unlikely...We killed the two hitters..Sergei had no reason to believe they had failed...None of this is on the news...So he wouldn't have had time to hire someone else..No...I think Cat got cold feet..He didn't want to testify....Doesn't matter..those ledgers he gave us will put Sergei and Alvin behind bars for life...R.I.C.O. charges alone and conspiracy to commit murder....We have warrants out for their arrests right now..I sent Duke and Angie to pick up Sergei.." said Sissy...

Sirena and two uniformed officers walked in...

"I checked the Rite Aid, a few blocks down...He was in their last night around 11:30 pm...They have him on the store camera...He bought a pack of cigarettes, A Coke and a box of condoms...Then he walked out...He called and picked up an Uber at 12:05 am..He's on the street cam....No luggage..." said Sirena.

''We have to locate that driver..."said Sharon..
"I already did...He's on his way here.." said Sirena..

Sissy looked at them...

"I just got off the phone with Keith...Sergei Kostlov is dead!!" she said.



"WHAT??" said Hop,Sirena and Sharon in Unison...

''He and his bodyguard were shot to death early this morning in his bakery...and we know who the shooter is..Alvin Tolliver...It's on the store camera..The whole thing..."said Sissy...

"Ohhh wow!" said Sirena...

The Uber driver arrived and told Sissy,  Sharon ,Hop and Sirena that he picked Carvin Gibbons up and took him to an address in the Mt. Airy Section of Philadelphia..He let him off...He paid in cash and that was the last time he saw him..

Indeed ,The Cat got cold feet..

EPILOUGE-
We found Alvin Tolliver, hanging in his apartment complex....Apparently he chose suicide over being arrested and charged with a double homicide..It was over for him anyway...He had no organization...He'd killed his suppliers..It was over...Sissy was pleased.

With him and Sergei dead....The case was officially closed..We found the last warehouse and arrested 15 people there..


Carol Redding- Cantrell and The DEA and the Coast Guard found the ship

with the high grade Heroin and arrested the Captain and three people aboard the ship, who were awaiting instructions at the Marina...

The whereabouts of Cat Gibbons remains a mystery...The Uber driver let him off in front of the murdered Cindy Sutton's parents home...But they told Carlotta,Jimmy and Tyriq that they never saw him...He never rang the doorbell..





Back at headquarters-

 We found footage of him on the Street Cam in her neighborhood that night...But that is the last known footage of him...



Sharon,Hop and Sirena ran his credit cards, debit cards and monitored his bank account for months...There was no action or movement on any of them....

Duke and Angie searched the Airports, The Train Station and The Bus Station for him....There was no tickets taken out for him and no footage of him in any of those three areas....No one recalled seeing him at all.

I feel sorry for him...Losing his girl like that...I think her death ended everything for him....His life of crime, his money...Everything..None of it meant anything to him anymore with Cindy gone..
I don't know if Carvin "Cat" Gibbons is alive or dead...I'm assuming he's alive..but he was never seen or heard from again!

I suppose the Cat did Get Cold Feet!




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