Ben Gates and Oren Wilkerson utilize taxicabs to quickly stage armed robberies and flee to their own car. They are initially successful in doing so, since most taxicabs look somewhat similar to potential witnesses. The Highway Patrol gives the two men's descriptions (and a special radio code) to local cab drivers. One of the Red Bird Cab Company's drivers picks up the suspects, recognizes them, and discreetly transmits the code. Subsequently, however, he unwisely tries to fight back and Wilkerson murders him before his cab can be located. Wilkerson becomes increasingly nervous and wants to flee the area, but Gates insists that they continue with their plan to stage three robberies before abandoning the cab. When the driver's body is found, Dan Mathews and his officers surmise that Gates and Wilkerson are still traveling in the cab. They move quickly to locate it, and an armed confrontation with Gates and Wilkerson becomes inevitable. Written by
Probably the most crucial moments in law enforcement are those that bridge the gap between crime and pursuit. Because those moments may spell the difference between capture and escape, the Highway Patrol works constantly to close that all-important gap. And inventive criminal minds work constantly to widen it. In their efforts to widen the gap, Ben Yates and Oren Wilkerson knew that although a taxicab attracts attention, it defies detailed description. By substituting a taxicab for...
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