The Case of The Missing Laundry- Who Stole Mrs. Murphy's Washing?

Mrs. Murphy was naturally very angry when she learned that her washing had been stolen from her clothesline while she was away. She asked Detective Curlock Foams to find out who the thief was. Upon investigating the movements of all who had been in the neighborhood about that time, Detective Foams discovered the... show more Mrs. Murphy was naturally very angry when she learned that her washing had been stolen from her clothesline while she was away. She asked Detective Curlock Foams to find out who the thief was. Upon investigating the movements of all who had been in the neighborhood about that time, Detective Foams discovered the following facts.

There was but one road between Waterloo and Daleville (24 miles due north). Mrs. Murphy lived on this road just 15 miles north of Waterloo. At 10:00 a.m., a bus left Waterloo and arrived at Daleville at 10:40 a.m., without making any other stops. The same bus made a return trip at the same speed, leaving Daleville at 10:50 a.m. Passengers on the northbound bus remembered seeing the laundry on the line as they passed. The driver and some passengers on the southbound bus were certain that there was no laundry on the line when they passed Mrs. Murphy's home.

At 9:30 a.m., Claude Bennington was known to have left his home 13 miles north of Waterloo. He walked north, past Mrs. Murphy's home, arriving at a service station, 18 miles from Waterloo, at 11:10 a.m. (Curlock Foams counted on a man walking at an average speed of 3 miles per hour).

Claude's brother, Ralph, left the same house thirty minutes later, and he also walked north. When he was 17 miles north of Waterloo, he was picked up by George Pumpernickle and driven on to Daleville.

Mr.Pumpernickle had left his home (4 miles north of Waterloo) at 11:10 a.m. and had driven at an even speed of 40 miles per hour all the way, stopping only a moment to pick up Ralph. He was certain that Ralph was carrying no packages of any kind.

At 10:00 a.m. Alex Martin left his home (11 miles north of Waterloo) and walked to a garage (16 miles north of Waterloo), arriving there at the same time as did George Monroe.

George Monroe had traveled on his bicycle at a rate of 6 miles per hour from his home (10 miles north of Waterloo), having left home at 10:40 a.m.

Curlock Foams sat down at his desk, drew some lines on a piece of graph paper, picked up his hat, and went out to arrest the guilty person.

WHO DID HE ARREST? WHY?
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