Let's say I'm writing a story about a thief who is running from the police. The tale unfolds from the criminal's perspective. Now, if I write: "The cops had abandoned their search, as they steered their cars around and returned to the station." Would this count as mind reading? After all, the thief wouldn't know if the police have decided to give up. Would I have to write: "The cops appeared to have abandoned their search..." Thanks heaps.