Working at the direction of George Mills, brothers Ed and Tony Wells hijack a panel truck carrying valuable paintings purchased by wealthy art collector Carter Giles. As Giles' trusted business manager, Mills provided the two with inside information concerning the truck's route. The plan was to steal the paintings and hold them for $500,000 in ransom, but the panel truck driver manages to escape in the Wells brothers' car and notify the Highway Patrol. The brothers panic, hijack a pickup truck, and escape after killing the driver and abandoning the paintings. Mills reluctantly agrees to hide the two at a house in the city, but when Dan Mathews convinces Giles to "pay" the ransom, Mills is certain that the Wells brothers have double-crossed him. Mills travels to the house to confront the brothers with a gun, unaware that Dan and Officer Dorsey are tailing him in the hope that he will lead them to the brothers and expose his own involvement. Written by
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One of the functions of the Highway Patrol is the safeguarding of the billions of dollars worth of goods which are transported on the public highways. On March 29th, a crime was committed involving a vehicle which did not seem to be valuable: an ordinary, unmarked panel truck.
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A panel truck is hijacked for the valuable paintings it's carrying. The truck driver recovers after being knocked out and flees in the thieves' car. The thieves then flag down a pickup truck, load a few select paintings on it and take off, later killing the driver. The mastermind behind the theft had the plan to steal the paintings and then ransom them for half a million dollars to the wealthy owner of the paintings. It's a toss up who's dumber - the thugs who stole the paintings or the mastermind behind the theft. Even if the heist hadn't gone so wrong, it would have been pretty easy for the cops to have later figured out who the culprit behind the theft was. But Matthews does use an interesting strategy to flush the criminals out. A lesser episode but still sufficiently entertaining.
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