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Mar 1 2009

Dart Award Honorable Mention

Aftershocks of a Crime Spree

2:30 P.M.

There is a sighting of Doyle and Dando at a bank, but they disappear before police arrive.

There is a sighting of Doyle and Dando at a bank, but they disappear before police arrive.

Ryner is on his way to the bank, but since the scene has been cleared, he stops at Waterford Party Shoppe to see his friend Eddie Hamama. When Ryner works the road, he goes there every day to get a pop and talk to Hamama.

"Be careful, Eddie," Ryner says.

"Why?"

"There is a wacko driving around with a girl and he's robbing people."

Ryner describes Doyle and Dando and tells him they're driving a maroon pickup.

"He was just in here," Hamama says. "I got a videotape."

Then he remembers that the man tried to use a credit card, but it was rejected. Hamama digs through the garbage and finds the receipt.

"His name is Scott Cooper," Hamama says. "He acted really weird. He tried to buy beer. When I told them it was canceled, they left and squealed out."

"I'm looking for someone known as Doyle, not Cooper," Ryner says.

He watches the black-and-white surveillance video: A guy comes into the store wearing dark sunglasses. He slips on the floor and falls into the counter. He gets some beer and puts it on the counter but leaves when the credit card is rejected. A moment later, a woman enters the store and buys some strawberry milk and doughnuts.

The couple matches the description, except for one thing that Ryner thinks is significant: When the man walks into the store, he has a cast on his right hand.

Ryner calls the station. "Does anyone have any information that Doyle possibly has a cast on his hand?"

Nobody has heard that, so Ryner assumes it isn't the guy.

But he keeps the tape.

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