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Said the cop to the crook who was making a haul:
"You seem like a pattern that's seen on a wall.
When a jailer has pity and unlocks your gate,
You may well rejoice in the change of your state."

It may start in a flower, end towers with bells
And is in the reversal a seer foretells.

For an answer, I will accept any one of a small set of English words.

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  • $\begingroup$ That was a fun one! $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Jul 15 '16 at 13:42
  • $\begingroup$ @Deusovi We aim to please. $\endgroup$ – Hugh Meyers Jul 15 '16 at 13:45
  • $\begingroup$ "We"? I knew you were a hivemind! $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Jul 15 '16 at 13:45
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The possible answers are

FREEZE and its homophones.

Said the cop to the crook who was making a haul:

Policemen say "Freeze!" to criminals.

"You seem like a pattern that's seen on a wall.

A "frieze" pattern is a pattern that is equivalent to itself by translation and/or rotation; basically, a wallpaper pattern.

When a jailer has pity and unlocks your gate,

A jailer frees you when he unlocks your gate.

You may well rejoice in the change of your state."

Freezing is a change of state from liquid to solid.

It may start in a flower, end towers with bells

A freesia is a type of flower, and bell towers are called "belfries".

And is in the reversal a seer foretells.

Reverse "a seer foretells" and you can see (and hear!) "FREES".

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