Dragnet – The Big Bird. 550201. The story of your police force in action.
There has been a series of robberies in the big city. It’s up to Joe Friday and Frank Smith to stop them. The partners head out to the residential neighborhood to question the latest victim. The young married couple has had all their wedding gifts ripped off, even their pet parakeet. A trend is identified when other robberies involved stolen pet birds, some killed and found dead.
Friday and Smith hit the pet stores in search of clues. The cops get a hot tip when a lady calls them in to investigater near miss with the burglar. She even made contact with the man, and can recognize him. The mug shot she points out is one of a known cat burglar. The trouble is, the man has an alibi, he was held over in jail when the crime went down.
Time to start again from a different angle. Frank and Joe decide to do their own sting operation, and buy a pet bird to try to lure the pet killer out in the open.
All it takes is time, because you know they will get their man. He turns out to be a man with some mental issues, Surprised? In the end, he gets tucked away in his little rubber room, presumably to get the help he needs for his condition.