Title: Bank caper
By Author: Herschel Cozine
Tag line: The detective was off-duty when the problem occurred, but his interfering mother-in-law was on the case!
Police characters: Police detective (not named in this piece) and Gladys, his mother-in-law
The gist: On his day off this detective was stuck driving his mother-in-law to her hair appointment. The salon was located next to a bank. As they arrived at the salon a woman came rushing from the bank, pointing to a retreating man, and yelling that he had robbed her of $50. The detective escorted the man back to the woman and notified him that he was accused of stealing her money. He claimed he had just gotten it out of the ATM. She claimed she had been filling out a deposit slip and the man grabbed her money and left the bank. The detective asked the man for an ATM receipt which he said he threw in the trash. Said trash can was located and no receipt was found. The man claimed the woman must have dug the receipt out of the trash in order to blame him.
Gladys told her son-in-law that that man was lying and to have him give the woman back her money. How did she know?
Crime scene: Outside the bank.
Clues: The amount of money.
Suspects: Only the man.
Red herrings: None.
Solution: ATMs only dispense twenty-dollar bills. He couldn’t have withdrawn $50.
My two cents: Well, once again the old lady saved the day. WW loves old ladies. My problem with this story is that the officer, who is a detective, is always portrayed as being dumb. This story has him poking through the trash can instead of asking the bank for their security video footage, not only of the inside of the bank where she was filling out her deposit slip, but also of the ATM machine. And who doesn’t know that ATMs only dispense 20s? Apparently our trained, years-on-the-job, passed-the-detective-exam officer didn’t. Good thing he had an old lady with him.
I’ll give this story 3 stars for being well written and moving at a good pace, but I didn’t enjoy watching this man fumble around and be made to look like an idiot.