Updated: Jul 15
Moppy has been working steadily on current cases and solving some old ones. He is now working for Captain Craig Janzen. The entire administrative team has been replaced since the last update. A new Mayor has been elected and he is very focused on crime and the drug epidemic. Moppy has been assigned several Burglary cases and has no interest to get into homicide. Maggie has stayed on as well and is the communication and tech specialist at headquarters. Moppy has no clue what he is stepping into but for him its just business as usual. Moppy hopped into his 2016 Mustang and drove over to the area where the crimes have been reported. He scouted the area looking for a clue but nothing really stood out except for a very nice Jaguar F-Type R spec pearl white parked in front of a duplex. He thought to himself "odd for this neighborhood. He wrote down the address and went back to the station. Most police work is done behind a desk these days, search tools and the internet have been game-changer. Moppy went to Maggie's office to see if she found anything that matched. Maggie stated, "I have run across some findings but nothing that would prompt serious attention." Moppy is also the local Pawn Detective and has several active cases he is working on.
Moppy just received several new cases all related to burglaries on the East side of town. There were some Rolex watches, a custom bracelet with a Rolex style band with channel set diamond chips, and black onyx reported stolen. Also, a vintage bridal ring set in a Platinum halo with a large diamond solitaire taken and he knew they could end up in a Pawn Shop. So his first instinct was to call around some stores and see if anyone had brought one in. He called our store and sure enough, we had a Rolex and the Diamond Solitaire ring that matched the description. He stated, "I will be over in a bit to get pictures and put them on hold." He stopped in at 1:45 p.m. and gave us the hold order and took receipt of the original ticket. He advised we would need to work it out with the owner of the jewelry. Moppy now has an address and a name to check out which is an excellent lead for the detective. Moppy went to the address listed on the pawn ticket and knocked on the door. He stated who he is and also gave the name of the perpetrator. The door opened and two females came out and they looked very odd. One of them grabbed Moppy by the neck and slammed him against the wall, he could not break her grip. He thought to himself "Where are these two from, she has strength, not of this earth." Her friend pulled up in the same Jag he saw earlier and beeped. She let go of Moppy and he slid down the wall. He was about to pass out, but he was just about to give her a jolt she soon would not forget. The girl moved quickly and jumped in the car. Moppy began a hot pursuit but low key, no sirens, just stealth mode. Just then he got a call from Maggie she said "Where are you? Janzen is looking for you." Moppy said "I will be in soon, something came up. I will call Janzen and let him know." Moppy followed the two women for a long time but realized they are headed south and he just gave up the pursuit. He now has a name, address plus two suspects. He did get the tag number which will help in tracking those two down eventually. Moppy's phone rang it was Janzen "Hey Detective where are you? I need you here at the station, I have some witnesses that need to be interviewed for the Hobson case." Moppy replied, "Ok I will be in within the next twenty minutes, I was surveying the neighborhood where the burglaries are taking place." Moppy headed back without incident.
Moppy now realizes he is uncovering something more than just a few burglaries but will need to be patient. The plan will be to get Maggie involved in the research and he will use his access to the F.B.I. crime network, albeit illegal, to uncover some specifics on any odd casework that has not been resolved.
Moppy interviewed the witnesses as advised and afterward went into Maggie's office. He gave her a brief rundown of what happened. Maggie asked, "Did you tell the captain?" Moppy said "No, he wouldn't believe me anyway. Did you find anything useful, like a name, anything?" Maggie said "Yes I have a name but this guy is special ops and was stationed in Central America. His name is Cambro and he is dangerous. He served some time after he left the military for dealing drugs." Moppy said "Cambro, yes I heard about him, he was like a ghost. He has many kills under his belt. He is very dangerous indeed." Moppy left the station and was planning to case the neighborhood once again. He went straight to the same duplex where the two girls were at. He parked across the street. It was daytime so now he can see what the neighborhood really looked like. He sat there for a long time, he was in an unmarked cruiser. He saw no activity so he drove down each connecting street looking for anything out of the ordinary. This was an old neighborhood with homes built in the fifties. It was quiet, neat, and clean. He wasn't making any progress so headed back to the station. On the way back he noticed a black Tahoe with dark tinted windows following him. He made some maneuvers and wanted to get behind them to run their tag. He had no intention of pulling them over. It started to get dangerous and whoever is in that Tahoe did not have good intentions. Moppy sped up and was headed to the interstate. He got off on the next exit and circled back slowly. He needs to know more about the whole operation, not just a couple thugs out to disrupt an investigation. He did not see the SUV again and went to the station. He interviewed several of the victims involved in the burglaries in the same neighborhood. It's the same recurring theme, cash, and jewelry which is more difficult to track. Moppy finished up and filed his reports and then stopped by Maggie's office. He gave her an update on the incident with the Tahoe. I also advised her of what items have been stolen. Maggie asked " why are they not stealing TVs and electronics like game consoles. tablets and guitars. Moppy said, "They want cash and jewelry, it is much easier to move with no trace." Moppy headed home after a long day.
The detective went straight to his network. He began to search for a Tahoe, the name Cambro and jewelry thefts and busts in and around his city. He searched 'til late and never really got a lead. But he knows good police work always comes in small details. The next morning as he headed past the entrance gates from his cave he noticed something odd. It was a note painted in red and stated, "We know where you live", he stopped and grabbed the note. He arrived at the station and went straight to Maggie's office and gave her the note for analysis. Moppy went to his morning briefing and was advised about two more break-ins. He spoke to Janzen after the meeting and wanted more details on the burglaries. Janzen said, "Detective these break-ins are continuing on your turf, what are you doing about it?" Moppy replied, "Don't worry lieutenant I will get to the bottom of this very soon." Moppy thought to himself "The press is beginning to add some serious pressure to this case." He left the station and went straight to the hot zone and began casing homes and even knocking on some doors. Maggie called and left him a message "The note was written in human blood, give me a call when you can." Moppy approached another home and this time some action was taking place which was odd. The front window curtain moved suddenly and then a shot rang out. He pulled out his revolver and called for back-up. He crouched down and moved along the walls. He was listening intently for any clue to what these folks were up to. He overheard an individual refer to the stack and deep 6 the operation. His backup arrived, two officers in a marked sedan. Moppy advised them to take cover, he then approached the back of the house. The home was kept in pristine condition. As he approached, he saw the same two girls he previously encountered carrying boxes and heading to a small SUV. He yelled "Freeze, put your hands up, drop the boxes, and turn facing the wall. The girls had no reaction and were going to run but that would have been a very bad idea. They both complied and leaned against the wall. The lady officer frisked both of them. Moppy began a series of questions as the remaining officer searched the property. They will need the warrant to search the home. Moppy called Janzen "This is Ryerson, I need a search warrant for the home located at 890 west Calabassi St." Janzen Replies "For what reason, I need to fill out the form and submit it to the judge." Moppy stated "Captain there was a shot fired and I overheard two females talking and one of them said to deep-six the operation. I am questioning both of them now. We need to search the home for contraband, stolen items, and anything else that can be associated with the recent B&E's on the Eastside." Captain Jensen said, "Ok good I will get the warrant issued." The team waited for about thirty minutes and then got the email with the warrant attached. Moppy immediately advised the two females about the warrant and advised them of their rights. He opened the back door and with gun drawn, he had full armor on and was ready for anything. He hears nothing in the house as he entered the premises. He looked through rooms first and then bathrooms and closets. He then began checking for anything odd but nothing was out of place. He noticed a residue on the counter and wanted to get it analyzed. He grabbed a sample and put it in a zip-lock baggy. He noticed an odd picture hanging over what looked to be a door. He moved the picture and then tried to open the door. It was cemented shut, the only option was to cut it out. He advised Janzen of his findings, There may be nothing behind the door or something sinister. Janzen states "Detective, we do not have the resources to take apart that house, especially when you have found nothing to tie these two to the burglaries in the area. Let's wrap this one and bring those two in for questioning and charge them for discharging a weapon within city limits. Moppy did wrap up the investigation and arrested both of them. They were booked and were bonded out almost immediately by their attorney. Moppy will keep these two on the radar, plus he will investigate the room on his own.
Moppy decided to take a road trip, it will be his first in the GT. His plan is to head down the Pacific Coast Highway and stop in San Francisco. It was a beautiful sunny Saturday morning and he hopped in his hot rod and blew out of town. He drove for a long time and was planning to stop for lunch. He drove to Crescent City and found a diner that had good reviews. It was called the Sea Dif Seaside Cafe. They are supposed to have the best burger in town. So he headed straight there and grabbed a booth. The place looks like it never left the fifties. Chrome seats, checkerboard floors, and old music but the one thing that caught his eye was the waitress. She looked like Anna Nicole Smith and she smiled at him as he reviewed the menu. She walked over and took his drink order. She said, "Hi my name is Katrina but you can call me Kat, I will be your server today." Moppy said "My name is Paul Ryerson and I'm from Oregon. I am on a weekend road trip heading to San Francisco to see the Golden Gate Bridge and China town." Kat says "I have been there several times, make sure you stop at the famous Golden Gate Bakery in China Town. They have the best egg custard tart in the country." She took his drink order and he studied her intensely as she walked away. He knew what he wanted when he walked in but just had to talk to her for a bit. She walked up and said, "Here is your Coke and what would you like today." He just stared at her and then said: "A double bacon cheeseburger with onion rings will do." He checked his messages and then began to relax some. Kat delivered his order with a fresh coke and a big smile. He ate quickly and was ready to settle up. He left the tip and went to the register. She gave him the receipt with a smiley face and her number with a note that said: "Call me anytime." Moppy hopped back in the Stang and headed down the Pacific Coast Highway. He could not stop thinking about Kate the entire trip. He arrived late in the evening and his hotel was in the mission district. He parked in a lot a couple of