Highway Patrol (1955–1959)

Diversion Robbery 

Two men use explosions as a diversionary tactic to distract attention from the scenes of their holdups.


Derwin Abrahams (as Derwin Abbe)


Lou Huston


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Episode complete credited cast:
Broderick Crawford ... Chief Dan Mathews
William Boyett ... Sgt. Ken Williams
Ed Nelson ... Paul Herrick
Pierre Watkin ... Mr. Larson
Richard Bull ... Bert Nelson
Joy Pettit Joy Pettit ... Sylvia Davis
Ron Foster Ron Foster ... Officer 1410
Vance Skarstedt Vance Skarstedt ... Dispatcher (as Van Skarstedt)
Art Gilmore ... Narrator (voice)


Paroled explosives expert Bert Nelson and his partner Paul Herrick place time bombs in vacant lots near the scenes of their planned holdups. The loud but harmless explosions create a diversion that permits them to commit their crimes quickly in the confused atmosphere and escape with few witnesses. Dan Mathews and Sergeant Williams notice a pattern developing and Dan diverts all available units to the relatively small area in which Nelson and Herrick are likely to strike. After their third robbery nets $10,000, the two thieves find a phalanx of officers converging on the area. With all main roads covered, they make a high-risk attempt to escape by trespassing onto the nearby network of dirt fire roads. Written by Sam Spear

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Action | Crime | Drama





Release Date:

1959 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

ZIV Television Programs See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


$10,000 in 1959 had the same purchasing power as $73,600 in 2009. See more »


Matthews on the phone asks the parole officer about Bert Nelson and listens for a period of time, apparently being given information. Sgt. Williams walks in and asks about the investigation and Nelson. Matthews says to check him and fails to mention the information he received over the phone. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: When investigating an armed robbery, police officers must often rely on information obtained from the chance passerby. Well aware of this unpredictable element, Paul Herrick and Bert Nelson devised a plan to reduce this hazard. Their method called for the precise timing of a spectacular event to divert attention from the robbery itself.
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