Recently-paroled holdup man Seth Roberts returns to his old trade and initially pulls several successful jobs due to his mannerly demeanor and his nondescript appearance. Young Jimmy James (who aspires to become a police officer) spots him switching getaway cars after a robbery and is able to provide Dan Mathews with accurate descriptions of Roberts, his car, and even his out-of-state license plate and plate number. After two holdup victims corroborate Jimmy's description of Roberts, Dan and Sergeant Corey track him to a motel owned by his cousin, Carl Simmons. Notes found at the motel enable them to set a trap for Roberts, who has already arranged for a ride back to Dallas with an unsuspecting traveler.Written by
The description of Texas license plates for 1955 is correct: yellow with black characters with the two letters stacked on the left side. See more »
Jimmy tells Mathews the plate number was "JZ 485" and then identifies it as a Texas license plate from the book of examples. However the Texas example in the book shows they have 2 letters and 4 numbers not 3 as Jimmy stated. See more »
The Highway Patrol often has nothing to work on other than a description; sometimes, a description that could be most any young businessman: dresses neatly, polite manners, average height and weight. The Highway Patrol encountered such a man in Seth Roberts. And to make the case more difficult, he was classified as extremely unpredictable.
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