Someone had once suspected that the robberies were the work of a group.
Zheng Tan was no Sherlock Holmes, but he knew it was more likely that committing a burglary in the residential quarters required at least someone on the outside as a lookout.
However, the police that came to investigate didn't find anything, so the matter was put to rest.
During that time, all the residents who rented their place out had to come back to explain their situation to the resident committee.
Eventually, they all signed an agreement to promise to ensure the trustworthiness of their tenant.
Zheng Tan heard a "clang". It came from the security door out front.
These two thieves had access cards and were very familiar with the building. Their target should not be the few retired faculty members.
Most retired faculty lived an austere lifestyle, even if they were actually very rich. Most of them bought bags of white buns from the school cafeteria to have with porridge.
None of them lived luxurious lives that could attract thieves.
Besides, if they wanted to rob the retired faculty, why wait until now?
So, excluding the retired households, that left the residents on the fifth floor.
Why did they choose today? Mama Jiao was in an accident and Papa Jiao was not home, leaving two elementary school children incapable of defending themselves at home. Was it a coincidence?
Zheng Tan saw one of the thieves enter the building. Calculating the time, he went from the balcony to the front door.
He checked the clock on the wall, it was ten past two. In general, this was when most people were sound asleep.
On the other hand, if their target was not the Jiao family, he would stay put. There was no point in waking the children. They've had a rough day.
As for other people, he really didn't care about their well-being.
To be honest, people were always partial. What was it to him that other people got robbed? These people were thieves, not murderers after all.
Even if he was to do something, he would wait until they were leaving. Unless absolutely necessary, Zheng Tan didn't want to cause any trouble at home.
However, things rarely went according to plan.
The man paused after reaching the fifth floor. He confirmed that the residents on the fifth floor were asleep, then headed directly to the Jiao house. Soon, he started picking the lock.
Listening to the footsteps outside the door, Zheng Tan twitched his ears. His claws appeared.
The person outside had no idea that inside, a black cat was waiting at the entrance. As the footsteps came closer, the black cat's posture changed.
His legs were crouched, his body low, The tip of his tail stopped swaying, he was ready to strike.
Ka— the door opened.
Zheng Tan could sense a stranger.
The person at the door carefully pushed it open ajar. But before he could come in, he felt a sudden stab of pain on his face.
A few gashes from his left eye to the right corner of his mouth appeared. Each gash oozed out blood.
Before he could really feel the pain on his face, something hit him right in the chest. He stumbled backwards falling to the ground.
The lights in the corridor were off and in his scramble to get up, he dropped his little flashlight.
The man was in a panic and thought he was caught. They must have made a mistake beforehand; clearly, there were more than two kids at home!
He let out a yelp of pain, then hurried up and ran downstairs. His flashlight was not bright enough to show the staircase clearly.
To make things worse, the blood from his wounds was trickling into his eyes, blurring his vision. He couldn't think clearly from all the pain; he stumbled and fell down a flight of stairs.
He regained his footing at the corner and hurriedly got up to continue his rush down.
Zheng Tan closed the door and chased after his target. These people had been checking out this location more than once. He wouldn't be satisfied until he got them.