Elliot and the Drainpipe Kids is a novel by New Zealand author Judith McKinnon. In it, a boy named Elliot has just moved into a new home. He overhears (偷听) two thieves planning to steal his neighbor’s jewelry (珠宝). Elliot and some friends decide to try and stop the thieves’ plan. This extract (节选) is a scene in which Elliot sees his neighbor’s impressive jewelry collection for himself, then overhears the thieves planning their crime (犯罪).