For Safety’s Sake

Jeweler Richard White peered through his store window last August at a car across the street. It had been there 45 minutes, and a visiting traveling jewelry salesperson told White he thought the car had followed him to the store. White, an experienced third-generation jeweler and the owner of Ed White's Jewelers in Cullman, Ala., took no chances. He called Cullman's police chief, Max Bartlett, who devised a plan. When the salesman left the store, Bartlett was parked a short distance away, waiting and watching. When the salesman drove off, the suspect car followed him—and the policeman followed it. The car weaved in and out of traffic to stay near the salesman. In a few minutes, it was joined by a second car, both of which cut through parking lots to keep up with the salesman. At that point, the police stopped the two cars and arrested four suspects, all Hispanic males. A search of th
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