Recently-paroled holdup man Seth Roberts returns to his old trade and initially pulls several successful jobs due to his mannerly demeanor and his nondescript appearance. Young Jimmy James (who aspires to become a police officer) spots him switching getaway cars after a robbery and is able to provide Dan Mathews with accurate descriptions of Roberts, his car, and even his out-of-state license plate and plate number. After two holdup victims corroborate Jimmy's description of Roberts, Dan and Sergeant Corey track him to a motel owned by his cousin, Carl Simmons. Notes found at the motel enable them to set a trap for Roberts, who has already arranged for a ride back to Dallas with an unsuspecting traveler. Written by
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When Matthews pulls the address paper from the trash, he moves the basket to his right at arms length. He doesn't lean down or drop it to the floor. It stays the same height as it was on the desk. Probably passes it to a stage hand. See more »
The Highway Patrol often has nothing to work on other than a description; sometimes, a description that could be most any young businessman: dresses neatly, polite manners, average height and weight. The Highway Patrol encountered such a man in Seth Roberts. And to make the case more difficult, he was classified as extremely unpredictable.
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**SPOILERS** How did these guys EVER solve crimes like this? Most of these stories are pretty close to real events that happened to actual Trooper, Patrolmen, Rangers, State Police, and other agencies of the similar type. Now, the other reviewer, Paularoc captured it just right.
The other things are a change in the attitudes of police. Today, if a kid has a cap gun, he's very likely to be shot dead, or at the very least, given a hard take-down and cuffed. Then, and I remember it well, cops were friendlier, and a lot less likely to cover a kid. They'd actually talk to you, and not be geared up with body armor, armed to the teeth, tasers (which it seems they'd rather use a firearm instead of) and the didn't try to project an attitude of "Fear Me, Or Else".
It's tough to be a cop, it's supposed to be that way. If it was easy, ANYBODY could do it. Today's cops have a different way of seeing the public they serve. Maybe it's the times, but everyone isn't a killer, and yeah, I get really upset when I hear cops talking about how dangerous their job is.. If they're doing it only for respect of themselves, they should be athletes.
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