Virginia Trent is having a bad day. Her Aunt is shoplifting, her Uncle George is missing, and diamonds are missing from George's business. When her aunt is charged with murdering an old friend who is a diamond agent, Perry is needed.
Sarah Breel is a kleptomaniac who likes nothing better than to go shopping with her niece Virginia Trent who is having a bad day when she runs into Perry at the store. In addition, her Uncle George is missing plus at her Uncle George's jewelry business an expensive set of diamonds goes missing and Sarah is the victim of a hit and run, so Perry Mason takes on the case. On the pavement near her purse, the police find a gun but in the purse itself, they find the missing diamonds. When Perry and Paul Drake find a friend of Sarah's, gem dealer Austin Cullens, shot dead Sarah is charged with murder. Perry is convinced of his client's innocence particularly when Ione Bedford, the owner of the diamonds, claims they were not hers and her estranged husband confronts Perry. Perry thinks the dead man was selling stolen jewels and that will lead them to the real killer. Adding to the intrigue Perry finds Uncle George shot dead in an unused storeroom at the business. Written by
The universal Lurene Tuttle plays an aging women named Sarah Breel that has a habit of shoplifting items from local stores. Her niece, Virginia Trent, keeps making excuses for her until some expensive gems are missing from uncle's business.
Later, Sarah is hit by a car while running from a house where a murder had just occurred. And inside Sarah's purse the gems are found plus a gun which turns out to be the murder weapon.
Perry Mason will defend Sarah in court but seems that she is more willing to plea guilty than stand trial. Perry and Paul will determine the reason that Sarah wants to plea guilty and perhaps get to the bottom of the entire situation.
This was somewhat of a different episode than usual. Instead of someone confessing to the crime- we are left with Hamilton Burger and Lt Tragg placing circumstantial evidence together to determine who in the cast will be going to a jury trial. An interesting watch.
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