The four councilmembers listen to the story with hardly disguised disbelief as the story is run through. As it finishes, they look back and forth at one another and finally the man reprimanded by the sheriff leans forward. "I should hope that you have some evidence to back up this fantastical story. If not, this may be the most inspired banditry I've ever heard of. Clever, certainly. Come to town, not just drive the folks from their homes but actually have them leave willingly, and then you're free to loot at will."
Some of the other members look concerned, but as the man looks for support of his theory a couple nod and they begin to talk amongst each other in whispered tones.
Apple on the other hand at least appears to be paying quite a bit of attention to your story.