The 3 were chosen by their leader for the operation. They were the 3 musketeers of the group. Never had they failed as a team.
This mission was nothing special. The spy team had informed about the arrival of the new bounty in the old man's house. The operation was to steal the new bounty.
The 3 went about their routine. Night time was the best chance. They visited the old man's house in the night. Found that the doors and windows were locked. this was not new and they had faced similar problems in previous operations. But never had they damaged the doors to barge in.
Next day, the specialist, agile agent went into the house through the main door when the old man was buying vegetables. The agent studied the house plan and the potential areas of where the bounty could be. The agent knew that he had to get out of the house before the old man was back. He did just that.
With the plan of the house clearly etched in mind, they now had to attack. Loitering outside the house and waiting for a chance to enter the house, the 3 kept a close eye on the old man. The chance came sooner than expected. The old man went to the terrace to dry the clothes, leaving the door open. The agents quickly entered the house. One took position at the entrance to manage the old man, if he comes in before the operation is over. The other 2 went in search of the bounty. The sight of the yellow shine brought a twinkle in the agents eyes. The bounty was found. Operation success, as they walked out of the house before the old man arrived back.
As the old man realized yet another theft of his cheese, the 3 rats presented the bounty to their leader to garner applause.