Wednesday Story Day – AKA – Hump Day

“You going to wait up for Friday?”
“Think I’ll sleep till then.”
“Good plan.”

It is Wednesday Story Day again, and last week we found out that the car making the pick-up at the Chick-Fil-A was a Cadillac Escalade, and the license number was clearly visible. So, with that information, the team headed to Mike Moore’s office at the FBI headquarters in Reno. I see they are in Mike’s office now, which means we can catch up with them.

 

“I have the database on my laptop so we can search for the plate here.”

“Good. Seems like we have to do a lot of running around to get things done.”

“I would talk to the guy with the pen about that.”

“How long is the search going to take?”

“Here it is.”

“Amazing.”

“Looks like the plate belongs to a Prius. It is registered to a couple in Tahoe. Hold on. Let me check the stolen vehicle database as well. No record of the Prius being stolen. I think we will need to call the couple to double-check.”

“There is no record of the Cadillac?”

“Yeah, that will take longer. This system is set up by plate number. Here let me do a search on the name field.”

“Is this just Nevada?”

“Yup, for now. I can expand to the US. I wish we had that plate number.”

“How about the dealer? Couldn’t they be of some help?”

“Depends on how good their records are. What year would you say that Escalade is anyway?”

“Boy, that would be a guess, but I would say maybe a 2019 or 20.”

“Why do you say that?”

“I know they named a style change for the 2021 year. That doesn’t look like the change.”

“Hey, Larry.”

“What, Andrew?”

“You looking to buy an Escalade.”

“No. Why?”

“Just wondered why you knew about model changes, is all.”

“It’s a long story. Maybe some other time.”

“I don’t have a hit on the Escalade at all. The system is still going through the national database. This could take all day. We need to go see that dealer.”

“I think we ‘d better get going then.”

“I’ll take my laptop so I can stay on the search.  Wait, here’s something. An Escalade reported stolen in LA two weeks ago. The color is wrong. This one is black.”

“Okay, let’s go.”

 

 

53 comments

  1. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    I’m impressed by the team’s dedication. Less commitment and this would become a Cold case. I’m enjoying the ride! 🙂

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    1. They have very few crumbs to lean on. There is one hope that the dealer can supply a VIN number and then maybe we can hack the vehicle and track it. Heh, heh, heh. You heard it here first. 😊

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  2. Guessing they could have repainted it.

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    1. That was my thought as well.

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      1. Too easy, Liz. 😁

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      2. Shoulda known . . . 🙂

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    2. Possible. The solution is going to be a bit more complicated. Thanks, Charles.

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      1. I’d be surprised if it wasn’t complicated. 😁

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      2. Hahahaha. 😂

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  3. With gas prices going up every day, probably wise not to purchase an Escalade.

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    1. Good point, Jill. 😂

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  4. I think Jill makes a good point! Just got gas yesterday :0

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    1. Yes. Always worth considering if gas prices are a worry. I decided on passing buying a sherman tank when diesel fuel went over 30¢ a gallon.(Thant was many years ago)

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  5. And now the shows on the road. Dogged determination will see them through.
    Hugs

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    1. Hi ho, hi ho.

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  6. I didn’t expect it to be that simple. I did enjoy the reference to the guy with the pen, though.

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    1. The other characters and everyone else except you didn’t follow through on the pen comment. Thanks, Keith.

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      1. I recognised the device, John. Not one I would ever think of using, of course 😇

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      2. Hahahaha. 😁

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  7. There is something to be said for persistence. Now, the boys deserve a reward for all of theirs . . .

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    1. Yes, and not a lead cannoli either.

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      1. Fugghedaboutit!

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  8. All this technology and we still have to wait??? I want to get these guys before they steal two new cars and go to Arby’s.

    Tel the girls I’;m not waiting up for Friday, either.

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    1. Hahaha. Thanks, Dan

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  9. They could have painted it, but turning it into a Prius would be more difficult.

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    1. Yes indeed. That is a tough assignment.

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  10. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    Hopefully the dealer will have what they need 🙂 They do know how to cover their tracks.

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    1. I think the dealer will be key.

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  11. They sure are diligent, John, and I agree; a new paint job is possible and probable. 🙂

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    1. I think that would be the easy way and like Tina Turner said , “We never do nothin easy.”

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  12. These guys are on a hamster wheel. Just when they think they get somewhere, it changes. I’d say the color change is easy enough to fix. 🙂

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    1. The color comment is a red herring. It won’t be that easy. Thanks, Jan

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  13. Lucy & Twiggy seem to be separated with the English Channel of an eternal Wednesday 🙂 🙂 🙂 Wonderful shot, dear John!

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    1. I know.Don’t they look far apart though. Thanks, Maria. 😊

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      1. The English channel is not too wide, dear John. They look very funny at this picture. Two lonely souls sailing at the couches. 😁😂😁

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      2. So true. 😁

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  14. Haha. They might be between a rock and a hard place with the national database and the car dealer. I never had anything done at a dealership that didn’t take all day.
    Wrong color car? No problem.

    Car salesman “So what kind of car do your friends drive?”
    Me: “One has a Lexus; her husband paid cash. What does that have to do with anything?”
    (For some reason that ticked me off.)
    Salesman: “Well, little lady, what color of car do you want?”
    Me: “I don’t care what color. How much torque is on the engine?”
    Salesman extremely confused…

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    1. Hahaha. I would just ask if you would like some tea and wait for you to guide me. 😁

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  15. I’m with Twiggy … I think I’ll just sleep ’til Friday … NEXT Friday, the 28th. 😴

    Meanwhile … they do realize that you can change the colour of a car in under an hour, yes?

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    1. The car is unimportant.

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      1. Unimportant? They’ve spent all this time … and … all for naught? 😵 Poor guys! However, I suspect you have some other trail for them to follow up your sleeve … 😏

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      2. Yes do. I threw the car color in as a red herring.

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  16. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    Feels like a red herring of some kind. I suspect that you wouldn’t make it that easy.

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    1. You are so right, Pete. 😁

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  17. I have to agree with Jill on the price of gas, lol.

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    1. 😁Thanks, Teri

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  18. They are like dogs on a bone. They will not give up until they get somewhere!

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    1. That is for sure. Thanks, Dale.

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  19. The color could have been changed. I’m betting the dealer knows something. Larry and Andrew are not quitters.

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