A thief named Wally steals expensive automobiles, then has one of his two female accomplices (Ann and Norma) forge registration certificates and sell the cars upstate in well-to-do suburbs before their status as stolen cars is widely known. Dan Mathews finds out about the scheme when Officer Dorsey brings in a car theft suspect named Joe Ramo. When Ramo actually turns out to be a victim, Dan and Officer Dorsey check out "cars for sale" ads in higher-income areas upstate areas. Posing as "Mr. Daniels", Dan answers an ad placed by Ann and is offered a near-new luxury sedan for $3,900. When her background story proves false, Dan and Officer Dorsey enlist the aid of the Lakewood National Bank to set a trap for the three thieves. Written by
Filming took place on San Vincente Bv. in Santa Monica, which was less than 3 miles from the Santa Monica Airport. As Matthews and Officer Dorsey are exiting the car at the motel, a low-flying plane is heard and then the shadow of it passing is seen on the pavement. While the airport was popular during World War 2 (and was at one point disguised as a false town to prevent enemy air attack), by 1958 plans to expand it met with heavy opposition due to residential and commercial growth in the area. See more »
When the thieves talk on the phone, the license plate is spoken as HEW-466. However, later when Matthews and headquarters radio several times, the plate number is described as HEW-766. See more »
The protection of the public in its ownership of automobiles and the apprehension of the car thief are two of the chief duties of the Highway Patrol. At 8:45 on the morning of June 22nd, a luxury red convertible was speeding along State Highway 7. At the same moment, Officer Dorsey, patrolling his beat on regular detail, was approaching the same intersection. The red convertible was exceeding the legal speed limit. Officer Dorsey gave chase. Patrolman Dorsey automatically noted the...
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