Assigned to Burglary detail, it’s up to Joe Friday to find a lead to stop the rash of robberies. Joe, and partner, Frank Smith follow up on a report, and question a man at a cheap hotel. The man didn’t do it, but he’s certainly an interesting character. Just like all their other leads, he’s another dead end.
The parade of shady characters marches on until Friday can find a guy with some information. The crooks see the cops as the bad guys and go out of their way to clam up. Friday can play head games too, and uses the paranoia of his suspects to start the fingers pointing. Happy Birthday! Well, it may not be Joe’s birthday, but it may as well be when he gets a big break. Putting on the pressure, the burglars do themselves in.