Joe Friday is on Robbery detail, and with partner Frank Smith, he has just captured the bad guy, and there’s all the evidence they need. Now Joe needs to find the missing loot. The suspect isn’t talking despite Joe’s best efforts.
With all the usual leads used up, a phone call from an informant comes in about some stolen goods being fenced. In voiceover Joe tells some of the police procedure involved in tracking down their man, and how they might try to approach their target. There’s nothing on this guy, only in handling stolen goods, so can he be convinced to give up the goods?
The mystery partner is yet to be found, but there’s still some questioning to do, and the bartender is helpful in sharing information. It could take some doing to subdue that drunken barfly, but the good news is that she knows about the bad guy. The bad news is that the robber is being released, so there’s a race on to get to the goods first. Even worse news, a body is found.
Does Joe catch his man? Can he get the evidence they need to pin the murder on him, and put him away for good?