Bedtime Story: Silver and Scotch – Night 34

Silver and Scotch, Downton Abbey

Silver and Scotch
Copyright 2015 by Barbara Hinske

Night 34


Detective Dewey Grant introduced Jim Harrison to the officers seated at the conference table on a Wednesday afternoon. “This is our burglary task force,” Det. Grant said. “I believe you’re familiar with our investigation. I thought we’d review what we’ve got planned for tonight. Have a seat.”

Harrison took the chair indicated. “We’re going to mount the largest stakeout in Georgia history. All of the houses he hit were on the recent home and garden tour. We’re going to station an officer at each of the remaining homes. You told us,” he said, turning to Harrison, “that he works on Wednesdays and Thursdays, which is consistent with our burglaries. We’re prepared to stakeout the area tonight and tomorrow night. Catch him in the act.”

Harrison nodded. “We tried that in New York. Put sixteen officers in a two-block area. No one saw a thing. I went to bed feeling relieved, thinking he’d seen us and been scared off. I no sooner got to sleep when the Chief called to tell me that he’d hit three houses. I asked what the addresses were, because I knew they couldn’t have been in our two-block area.”

Harrison made eye contact with the officers around the table. “I couldn’t have been more wrong. All of his hits happened within our stakeout—right under our noses. The only way to get this guy is to go find him.”

Bedtime Stories: Silver and Scotch–Night 35