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Fugitive Arrested After Asking How Cop Computer Works

October 14, 1988 GMT

DETROIT (AP) _ A man who asked police to show him how their squad car computer worked was arrested after the demonstration showed he was wanted for a 1986 armed robbery in St. Louis.

R.C. Gaitlin was taken into custody Tuesday night after a check of his driver’s license revealed he was a fugitive, said Detroit Police spokesman Fred Zaharoff.

Zaharoff said Gaitlin, 21, walked up to two patrol officers who were showing their electronic equipment to children in a neighborhood on the city’s east side.

When Gaitlin asked how the system worked, the officers asked him for a piece of identification to enter into the computer. Moments later, they learned he was wanted by St. Louis police, Zaharoff said.

Gaitlin was being held for extradition to Missouri, where he will face the robbery charge, Zaharoff said.