Trial Run

My cat stole an apple,
And I'd like to apologise,"
Tommy lied.
The shopkeeper,
A picture of confusion,
Had some questions.
Things like "how could a cat manage this?"
Tommy would just shrug in agreement.
Cats are mysterious beasts after all.
Shopkeep didn't press too hard.
Tommy's apology was accepted.
The plan worked.
Now came the time to scale up.