Two men use explosions as a diversionary tactic to distract attention from the scenes of their holdups.


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Episode complete credited cast:
William Boyett ...
Paul Herrick
Mr. Larson
Bert Nelson
Joy Pettit ...
Sylvia Davis
Ron Foster ...
Officer 1410
Vance Skarstedt ...
Dispatcher (as Van Skarstedt)
Narrator (voice)


Paroled explosives expert Bert Nelson and his partner Paul Herrick place time bombs in vacant lots near the scenes of their planned holdups. The loud but harmless explosions create a diversion that permits them to commit their crimes quickly in the confused atmosphere and escape with few witnesses. Dan Mathews and Sergeant Williams notice a pattern developing and Dan diverts all available units to the relatively small area in which Nelson and Herrick are likely to strike. After their third robbery nets $10,000, the two thieves find a phalanx of officers converging on the area. With all main roads covered, they make a high-risk attempt to escape by trespassing onto the nearby network of dirt fire roads. Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama




Release Date:

1959 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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$10,000 in 1959 had the same purchasing power as $73,600 in 2009. See more »


Sgt. Williams comments that they have partial fingerprints from the bombs that were too smudged for comparison to records, but the partial prints could be matched if they developed a suspect. Since fingerprinting suspects is the process for print records, a live suspect could provide no more detail than their fingerprints already on file. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: When investigating an armed robbery, police officers must often rely on information obtained from the chance passerby. Well aware of this unpredictable element, Paul Herrick and Bert Nelson devised a plan to reduce this hazard. Their method called for the precise timing of a spectacular event to divert attention from the robbery itself.
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