Holdup man "Stash" Irwin robs the Apex Industrial Plastics Company of a $28,000 payroll, but is critically wounded while attempting to flee. He abandons his car, hides the money in a culvert, and hitches a ride with Warren Siddons (an Apex employee who is driving a nearly identical vehicle). After Irwin dies, Siddons is arrested at a Highway Patrol roadblock and appears to be complicit in the robbery, especially after Irwin's accomplices plant additional "evidence" in Siddons' home and office. Siddons steadfastly maintains his innocence in the face of seemingly overwhelming evidence to the contrary, and Dan Mathews and Officer Johnson eventually deduce that Siddons is either an innocent man or a fool. Betting on the former, they set a trap for Irwin's two accomplices. Written by
$28,000 in 1956 had the same purchasing power as $221,000 in 2009. See more »
The rear license plate number of the original getaway car as seen when Erwin stops after the robbery is 3517106. The car he is picked up by has a rear license plate number 351/1 and two smaller numbers or letters, which is seen after Erwin shows the driver his gun. When this supposedly same car arrives at the roadblock, the front license plate number is 3517106, the same as the rear plate for the getaway car. This indicates either two cars or license plates were used, but the wrong one was used for the roadblock footage. See more »
One of the principal trouble sources of any law enforcement agency is circumstantial evidence. Too often, coincidence and chance conspire to point an overwhelming finger of guilt at an innocent person. The Highway Patrol encountered just such a case the morning that Stash Erwin, a wanted criminal, drove through the gates of the Apex Plastics Company.
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A robber in a rubber mask steals money from the Ajax Plastics Company's payroll office after knocking out the male employee and tying up the female employee. He flees but the woman scoots over and sets off the alarm just as the robber is at the security gate. He shoots the security guard and is in turn shot by the guard. Wounded, the robber runs off the road and starts hitch hiking. A motorist picks him but is soon stopped by the Highway Patrol. Mathews believes that the robber had to have an accomplice working inside the plastics company because of knowing there would be a lot of money in the office and his so easily getting through security. The wounded robber dies and Mathews believes that the motorist who picked him up must be the accomplice as he also works for the plastics company. The guy protests his innocence and Mathews comes to believe him. The real culprits plant evidence against the innocent motorist. But then, with the innocent motorist's help, Mathews sets a trap for them. A pretty interesting yarn but it does prove that Mother was always right: do NOT pick up hitch hikers!
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