The Collectable Car
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Category: Case, awr
Summary: Car show, robbery and a lot more.
March 10, 1999
"Oh man, look at this!"
"What is that Frankie?" Joe asked him looking over the morning paper.
"Huh? Oh nothing, it's just an antique car show this weekend that's
"I didn't know you liked old cars?"
"Well for your information, how do you think I came across the car I
"Well I have no idea Frankie, why don't you enlighten me."
"Okay fine Joe, you don't have to be mean about it. I went to an antique
car show a few years back with a friend, and came across this car that
was for sale. I took to it right away, and bought it. The rest is
Joe just sipped his coffee and went on reading the paper.
"So Joe do you want to go with me this weekend? I know this is a
traveling show, they go all over the country and world, I'd love to see
what new additions they have this year?"
"Um, sure Frankie, just let me know when and where."
"Great! Man I can't wait this is going to be a lot of fun."
"Yeah and then we can grab a bite to eat and a beer or something."
"Sounds great Joe."
As if on cue Westlake walks in, carrying coffee.
"Morning Frankie", she looks right a Joe "Morning Joe". He just looks
and nods his head.
"Did you guys read the morning paper yet?"
Joe holds up the sports section and Frankie the Life and Entertainment
"Figures" she states to no one in particular.
"What? What's that supposed to mean?" Frankie asks her.
"Nothing, did you read about the classic cars that are being stolen from
the..what is the name of it? Oh the McFerry Care Show?"
"You mean antique cars, Westlake. And no I didn't, what is going on?"
"The story is right there on page A4, but then again you don't read that
"HAHAHA" Joe replied "Boy you are in a cheerful mood today. Anything we
should know about?"
"Well the article says that possible a team of people, about four or
five, are coming into these shows, searching for a car they are
interested in and then later that night, staging this elaborate plan to
steal the car."
"Figures the one thing that I really want to go to is just a plot for
car thieves." Frankie says
"Yeah just your luck"
"You know Westlake, we are lucky Catlett hasn't come across this, we
might actually have a case, instead of going to the game this weekend."
"Oh Joe please don't jinx this weekend will you? I really need just a
few hours of a break." Westlake says as she gets up from the table.
"Joe you have a date with Westlake this weekend?" Frankie whispers
"It's not a date Frankie.. it's a.. it's a few friends going out
together to a basketball game, nothing more."
30 Minutes Later
"OH hello Catlett, whats up?"
"Did you guys hear about the car thieves that are planning on robbing
the car show this weekend at the Arena?"
"Yes we did"
"Well it fell into my lap and we have been asked to go under cover and
find these guys and stop them."
Frankie looks over to Westlake and Joe who are sitting at the other
computer station doing some research on a past case.
"What's up Frankie?" Westlake asks him.
"Catlett is on the phone, you guys want to come over here."
Westlake comes over and stand behind Frankie. Joe follows suit and
invades Westlake's personal space a little to much. She turns around and
looks at him, and gives him a wide smile. He takes this in a good way
and reaches around her to put his coffee down.
"Morning Catlett what's up?"
"As I was just explaining to Frankie, the car show this weekend that is
supposed to be robbed."
"You guys are going to go under cover. Come down here and I will give
you the details."
"Alright we will be right there."
Joe and Westlake got up and said their good-byes to Frankie.
"I have this feeling that this case is going to involve a lot more then
"What do you mean by that Westlake?"
"Oh I don't know call it woman's intuition. I just get this funny
feeling that's all."
"Oh I get it, I think. Westlake are you okay?"
"Yeah, I am alright."
They rode like that until they reached Catlett's office.
"Hey guys, thank you for coming so quickly. I have a new case for you."
"What are the details?"
"Okay, well there are four people involved in this ring. They follow
auto shows around the world, specializing in sport cars, old and new.
From what our people tell us, it is a husband and wife team and two
friends of theirs."
"Okay and how do we fit in?"
"Well the last few cars that were stolen were older, but all Vipers. You
two are going to go undercover as married auto thieves. You are going to
use the Viper, but are to say that is was a gift from your boss due to
good work. I want you to try to infiltrate their business, befriend
them, and then bust them. You can do this any way you can, but you both
know the limits and the rules. Do not let the Viper out of your site. If
matter get worse we will send in a decoy."
"But Catlett, is this the best way to go about this? Couldn't we enter
the Viper in the show and do it that way?" Westlake asked. Joe was
pacing behind her, trying to figure something out.
"Okay lets say we enter it in the show, that way we can be there to
watch the Viper and the people. If we spot who we are looking for, we
take your plan into action and go in that direction?" Joe stopped and
"We could do it that way as well. How ever is fine, just catch them."
"Is that all?" Westlake asks
"Just keep me informed when you can."
Joe and Westlake head out to her office after the meeting with Catlett.
"So you and I get to play husband and wife. This could be fun."
"Yeah I guess, it could have its possibilities." Joe says to me as he
leans in to me.
"So where do you want to start?" I ask him.
Joe dumps a big yellow envelope on my desk that Catlett gave him. "Well
we could start by looks at all the advantages that Catlett gave us."
"And I hope there are back notes and case files on this case in there as
"Why yes there is Westlake. But look at this, a apartment, new ids,
passes to get into the show and to enter the Viper."
"You get to actually share a place with me."
I groan. I am not sure if this is a good thing.
"Oh joy, I am thrilled. Can't you tell?"
"Okay Westlake okay, rub it in why don't you. No worries everything is
going to work out."
We head back to the Complex so we can do further research on this case.
"Hey what's going on with this case?"
"We get to go undercover as a husband and wife team of auto thieves. Oh
and get this we have to share an apartment. I just want this on record,
I want to solve this case in record time, the more time I have to share
an apartment with Joe the worse I am going to be."
"Oh very funny Westlake. That hurt."
I shrug it off and go over to the computer.
"I am going to do some research on the Baird's" I say as I sit down.
"I am going for lunch, and requests?" Joe asks.
I don't answer him hopefully he will surprise me.
"What I find attached to the Baird name is not all that uncommon for
Sharon and Bill, married six years, both did time before that and after
being married for robbery, assault, and drug possession. Quite a
marriage let me tell you. I have no idea how they stayed together for so
long. No kids, no family, no house, suprisingly no car; but that doesn't
mean anything. They have reportabily hit twelve other car shows all over
the world. The last four have been all Vipers. But other than that there
is nothing on the surface. I am going to have Frankie run them through
and see what he can find out.
"Can you run the Baird's through and see what you can dig up on them?"
"Yeah sure thing."
"Look Frankie I have to go out and do some errands before this whole
thing gets underway. I'll be back a little later."
"Okay Westlake. See you later. What should I tell Joe when he come
"Just tell him I'll be back."
I have to get out of here. I need to get some air and get my stuff
together. Catlett did say it could last a week or so considering the
show was in town for three weeks. Okay I am fine with the idea of
spending three weeks with Joe, practically living together, but at the
same time I am scared to death. But about the case, I am sure we will be
fine. We are going to enter the Viper in the car show and Frankie will
be joining us there as well for crowd surveillance.
I make it home to pack, and get my stuff together that we will need for
this, then I decide that I have wasted enough time .