CRIME: Scenario by Sennett

As manager of the civilian Credit Union at the Navy's big Quonset Point Air Station near Providence, R.I., Gerald Lynch had reason to feel a little nervous when payday came around. Part of his job was cashing paychecks for Quonset's 4,000 civilian employees, and a year ago burglars had stolen $60,000 from the union's safe. Payday arrived last week, and Manager Lynch called in Thomas Smith, a burly civilian guard. Together, they picked up $100,000 in small bills and change from the Navy paymaster and drove back to the Credit Union's door.

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