The story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent. Assigned to Robbery Detail, Joe Friday has to deal with a rash of burglaries in a residential neighborhood. In the squadhouse, partner Frank Smith shares a little about his domestic life, but Friday can’t sympathize much since he’s a long time bachelor.
The first case to investigate is to a lovely elderly lady, who happens to be Frank Smith’s aunt. With the family connection, Frank gets to run the show. Some of Frank’s hidden tallents come out as the interview with the elderly aunt. At least Joe gets a chuckle out of it, before the details of the robbery come out. The likely suspect is a maid working the neighborhood, and Joe Friday offers the voiceover to describe both the police activity, and the known crimes that are reported.
It doesn’t take long, even with the routine police reports and paperwork, and the female robber is hauled in. The suspect just doesn’t have enough hard evidence against her, and the cops are back on the street. Now there seems to be an anti-thief giving out expensive stolen jewelry to ladies she meets on the bus line. I think Friday just caught his thief. Well not exactly, but he’s on the track, and it won’t be long now. Is this some kind of new Robin Hood? She has an excuse, but too bad it won’t hold water with the law.