Case of Thirty Minutes or Less

Detective Nose arrived bleary-eyed at the scene, having been roused from bed at two o’clock in the morning. And for what? Sarah Tandy, A pizza delivery girl, had been robbed. Even though the thief had gotten away with almost $800, this wasn’t exactly the crime of the century.

The reason for the late night call soon became apparent, however. It turns out Sarah was the daughter of a friend of the Captain.

Detective Nose sighed. Hopefully this wouldn’t take long.

“So, can you tell me what happened?” Nose started off.

The petite girl was visibly upset. “Y-y-yes. I had just finished making my last stop, a delivery of 30 pizzas to a late night party. I was getting into my car and was starting to drive away when a man knocked on my car door. I thought he was from the party, but when I rolled down my window, he stuck a gun in my face and asked me for all my money. I was so upset I couldn’t even drive back to the store.”

Sure enough, the party across the street was still going full blast from what Detective Nose could tell. As he was surveying the scene, another car drove up and a handsome young man jumped out and ran over to the little group.

“Hi, my name’s Jon Hastel, I’m Sarah’s boyfriend. She called me on my cell phone as soon as it happened and I came right over.”

Detective Nose shook his hand and introduced himself. The young man looked him squarely in the eyes and gave a firm handshake before going over to comfort his girlfriend.

“Hmm,” Detective Nose thought to himself, “quite a polite young man.”

“Well, I better get down to it,” Nose said as he opened the car door and slid into the driver’s seat. He looked through the glove box, under the seats and inspected the rest of the interior carefully. After a few moments, as the others looked on anxiously, he put his hands on the steering wheel as if he were driving.

When he finally emerged from the car, he slammed the door shut and turned to face the expectant group.

“Captain,” he declared, “I’m afraid you’re going to have to give your friend some bad news. His daughter is a thief. And so is her boyfriend. I think you’ll find if you search the young man, you will find the $800!”

How did Detective Nose know that Sarah hadn’t been robbed, but had committed the crime herself with the help of Jon?

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12 Responses to “Case of Thirty Minutes or Less”

  1. Eva on May 22nd, 2009 9:07 pm

    The “petite” girl couldn’t have been driving her car like she said. When Dr. Nose got into her car, her seat did not need any adjusting. Only someone of Dr. Nose’s height (the boyfriend) could have last been in the front seat.

  2. mark on October 27th, 2009 10:04 pm

    I’m 5’2″ and I always slide the seat back when I get out; its much easier to get in and out.

  3. Delores Ratliff on November 13th, 2009 7:41 pm

    when can we have new one’s . i enjoy these very much

  4. Ki on March 13th, 2010 7:55 pm

    Ahh, very clever. We did this in my school, nobody could get it. Thank god for google, I found it and I can seem all smart. ;)

  5. hardyboysfan on April 5th, 2010 10:04 pm

    This one coul’ve been better. Just becaue someone is petite, doesn’t necessarily mean they are short. You can be petite and still be tall (technically).

  6. Connor on May 5th, 2010 2:52 pm

    that was a good one i love these mestyeries!

  7. Mimi on June 26th, 2010 12:04 pm


  8. F David on February 22nd, 2011 9:02 pm

    I agree with Connor; you really have to watch out for those petite giants.

  9. shaila on April 8th, 2011 4:28 pm

    im only 11 years old but like reading mysteries but what if the boyfreind rode the car after her the next morning and ajusted the seat when he got in the car if rode in it the next morning.

  10. Bethany on May 2nd, 2011 7:14 am

    i liked a lot. but all these people in the mysteries need to think more.

  11. Greg on June 22nd, 2012 11:40 pm

    I couldn’t figure out this mystery and I still doesn’t make sense to me. After I read the answer I was left with the question: why was the boyfriend in the car to begin with? She stated that she was the one driving and was robbed. Why would the boyfriend ever get in the car at all?

  12. janna on July 6th, 2013 5:30 am

    i cant find the answer

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