Adam-12 (1968–1975)

Citizens Arrest - 484 

Reed and Malloy respond to a grocery store shoplifter, that turns out to be a penniless and homeless mother. They work to untangle the resultant complex situation.


Sam Freedle (as Sam C. Freedle)


Robert A. Cinader (created by) (as R.A. Cinader), Jack Webb (created by) | 1 more credit »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Martin Milner ... Officer Pete Malloy
Kent McCord ... Officer Jim Reed
Pamela Jones Pamela Jones ... Jessie Gaynor
Robert DoQui ... Elword Staff
Kim Hamilton ... Mrs. Hardy
William Boyett ... Sgt. MacDonald
Byron Bradley Byron Bradley ... Dave Parlow
Doug Johnson Doug Johnson ... Jack Gaynor
John Dennis ... Man
Mary Angela Shea Mary Angela Shea ... First Policewoman (as Mary Angela)
Claire Courtney Claire Courtney ... Woman
Pepper Curtis Pepper Curtis ... Second Policewoman


The officers respond to a call at a market where a woman is held for shoplifting. She claims it is her first attempt and she has no money. When they leave the store she runs to a car claiming the baby inside is hers. At the station she escapes when a disruption in the hall distracts the officer with her. Back on patrol the officers take a call about a break-in at a warehouse. Reed is taken hostage but tricks the man holding him. The police receive a report of a baby stolen by a couple including the shoplifting suspect. A call about a disturbance at an apartment results in the capture of the girl and the manager saying her husband stole his car and has the baby. The girl accuses the manager of making the extortion call for $2,000 for the baby. While on patrol another squad car spots the stolen car. Malloy and Reed intercept the car leading to a foot chase by Reed through a rail yard to capture the man. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

24 January 1973 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:



Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title refers to an arrest made by a person who is not acting as a sworn law-enforcement official a practice that dates back to old England where law enforcement officers encouraged citizens to help enforce the laws of the land. See more »


The landlord's missing car is described as a 1967 Chevy Nova but it's clearly a 1968-72 model. See more »

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