"Baretta" style setups is what my thread title should say, in case the Vb software eats my quotation marks.
From way back when, I remember the show Baretta featured Robert Blake and his parrott dressing up as an old lady in order to nab purse snatchers. I think this was even one of the scenes in the opening credits.
Did police ever really do this IRL? If so, why did they stop? Here in DC we have recently been having a string of masher-type crimes where people are getting mugged, beaten, molested, etc. with only one case (that I know of) ending as a murder. In this case, the woman was raped first, and I believe that if it has been Robert Blake in drag, it wouldn’t have even gotten that far. This guy always strikes on joggin paths in the same general area & always targets women jogging alone. This guy should be easy to bait.
If the perps had been shooting people at random, I could understand why police would be hesitant to use an under cover setup, but these are cases where the police know the bad guy’s M.O. and know what area he operates in. They also know that it’s strictly snatch & grab type stuff or holdups. Also I think that body armor has gotten thinner & lighter, affording more protection to the officer in drag.
Why isn’t this still a good way to catch certain types of serial-muggers?