Acting in concert with gemologist Harold Corbett, George Haley steals $300,000 in rough-cut gems from courier Raymond Harris by threatening to kill his family. Harris reports the robbery, but is reluctant to describe Haley. Corbett hides the gems in the collar of his German shepherd Chief, then arranges for Haley to take the train to Capital City for a flight to Mexico with Chief. Existing leads enable Dan Mathews and Sergeant Walters to arrest Corbett and they finally convince Harris to describe Haley. His description leads them to the train depot where they arrest Haley but are unable to find the gems. The final piece of the puzzle falls into place when Dan asks Corbett's secretary Laura Nelson to remove Chief's collar. Written by
Gem Robbery is one of the better plotted High Patrols, with more interior scenes, better educated victims and suspects than was usual for the show. Much of the time it's rather a police procedural in the style of the Dragnet series of the same period, featuring a fair number of indoors scenes, less driving around in patrol cars. If Brod Crawford's Dan Mathews characters say "10/4" in this one I don't remember it.
Future big screen leading man Stuart Whitman plays Crawford's assistant in this and many other episodes, is competent enough but doesn't show much star appeal, nor does he get much of a chance to act, but then this was true for most actors who played secondary cops on the show.
Still, the story, concerning an honest man carrying a briefcase full of rare gems robbed at gunpoint, his concern for the safety of his family, hence his reluctance to describe the perp or give his license number, creates more sympathy than usual for a crime victim in the series, especially as he was an out of towner. A fierce looking dog who growls at strangers figures prominently in the story.
Well directed by veteran Felix Feist, who'd directed some decent films,--notably the excellent sleeper, Tomorrow Is Another Day--and well written by Don Brinkley, this is a way above average entry in the series in which things come together nicely at a train station which is well built up to if somewhat predictable.
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