Kommissar Rex (Inspector Rex) (1994) s05e03 Episode Script

Series 5, Episode 3

1 INSPECTOR REX PRIEST IN DANGER The radio signals referred to came from beyond our eastern border.
Finally, a message from our Swiss colleagues.
Two trucks carrying have vanished.
They were being driven from Zurich across Austria to Hungary.
But they never reached their destination.
The trucks entered Hungary.
Then the trail is lost.
The drivers are missing.
We have descriptions of them.
The black market value of the pharmaceuticals and the vehicles is 20 million per truck.
How does it concern us? After eight hours on the road, the drivers must take an eight-hour break and sleep overnight in Austria.
So they could have been followed from here? Yes.
If you get any information, please pass it on to the Theft Squad.
It's clearly a case of organised crime.
Baran, Bukowsky Hurry, the driver's here.
Bukowsky! Am I too late? I missed the bus.
And it's quite a walk from the station.
After the next trip you can afford a car.
No, I need the money for other things.
Then do another trip for us.
Two more trips? I thought this was the last.
You've done one.
Keep going.
I've already found other work.
- We pay better, don't we? - Yes.
- So stay with us.
- The papers are in there.
They'll pick the truck up at 10 from the usual place outside Budapest.
Here's half your money.
You need fuel, so get going.
Is that the driver? You saw nothing.
Nothing at all.
Get back in the truck and go.
- I won't be party to murder.
- Didn't you hear me? Count me out.
Dump him with the others.
But hurry.
One of you will have to drive the truck.
How did you get that here? You'll return it tomorrow.
Yes, you will! I'll radio for an ambulance.
I want a priest.
Father Auer? Hello.
He's in a critical condition.
He's been unconscious the whole time.
We couldn't talk to him.
He may regain consciousness later.
- Do you want to confess? - Yes.
I have sinned I repent.
They're killing truck drivers.
They steal pharmaceuticals and take them over the border Schuller Bukowsky Baran.
Adrenalin, one ampoule.
I absolve you of your sins.
In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
Did he regain consciousness? Yes, briefly.
All right.
I'm coming.
Hey, Rex I know you're hungry but knives are dangerous.
Where is it? Ah, here.
Okay, coming.
- My name's Auer.
- What do you want, Father? Do you want to talk us out of our bad habits? You work hard for your money.
You're allowed a few bad habits.
So what do you want? To begin with, maybe a nice big coffee because I slept badly.
Gina, a nice big coffee for Father Auer.
How can I help? Where can I find out, in advance if possible, who's carrying a particular freight? We never know in advance.
Why do you want to know? I've heard that truck drivers might become the victims of crimes, such as armed robbery.
Trucks go missing every once in a while.
It happens.
Do you know of a case? I can't tell you.
I'm bound by a vow of secrecy.
Thank you.
All I can do is warn someone in danger.
And I fear that some drivers, carrying certain goods, are in very great danger.
If you can't tell me more, I can't help you.
- Morning.
- Pardon? Ah, hello.
BÃck's here too.
He's scurrying around.
- What's the story? - He was shot.
The bullet's missing.
- It pierced his lung? - I'd say so.
The records show he was alive on admission.
I've spoken to the paramedics.
He stumbled in front of a bus and collapsed.
It's possible he'd walked some distance.
People sometimes survive injuries like these.
Sadly, he didn't.
- Morning.
- Ah, coffee.
- What have you found out? - He's Jiri Borowjez.
A Pole.
His visa's expired.
He wasn't registered.
I've been in touch with the Polish embassy.
- Did he speak to anyone? - A priest.
I have his address.
He spoke to truck drivers? And you let him go wandering about? - What shall we do? - Get him here.
I need to know what he knows.
Father Auer? Yes? Hello.
Brandtner, Crime Squad.
This is Does my dog bother you? No.
Let him stay.
I like dogs.
- What's he called? - Rex.
You've come about the man at the hospital? Yes.
May I ask if he said anything to you? I can't tell you.
It was when he was making his confession.
I know there's a vow of secrecy but I have to clear up a crime.
There's nothing I can do.
- Aren't there any exceptions? - No.
What happens if you're told something which calls for immediate action? The priest must act himself.
But he may only warn someone who is in danger.
And have you warned anyone? I've spoken to a few truck drivers.
I really can't tell you any more.
What if you're in danger? If I could alert the police by breaking a window, I wouldn't hesitate to do so.
But I still wouldn't divulge a confession I'd heard.
If you'll excuse me, I must prepare for mass.
Yes, of course.
Thank you.
Please do me a favour Don't forget about the window.
One last thing The drivers you spoke to don't carry pharmaceuticals, do they? Goodbye, Mr Brandtner.
HÃllerer, send Wimmer over to St Antony's, to keep an eye on Father Auer.
He seems to know something.
He might do something that could help us.
In nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti.
Keep quite calm.
And don't try that again.
You don't stand a chance.
Move it! Hi.
I've spoken to the bus driver.
He didn't see Borowjez till he was on the ground.
Rex can't find Borowjez's scent.
- He didn't drop from the sky.
- Was he pushed out of a car? At a bus stop, in front of witnesses? I doubt it.
Let's take a look around.
He's found the scent.
Borowjez was here for sure.
In that case Shit! Have you got a torch? - No, but I've got a lighter.
- Fantastic.
Rex, wait.
He's found something.
- I'd say it's a body.
- Come here, Rex.
I'll call the crime scene investigators.
When? Father Auer's disappeared.
Find a photo of him and put out an APB.
I know you've spoken to some truck drivers.
It doesn't matter.
I can't tell you anything.
All that doesn't interest me.
I just want to know what Borowjez told you.
I won't say.
Take him away.
We'll get it out of him yet.
It's bad luck to harm a priest.
It looks as if his throat was cut too.
His shoes are missing too and there are no signs of a struggle.
Again, his throat was cut.
No signs of a struggle.
All three were killed in their sleep.
Two of them aren't wearing shoes.
Who sleeps fully dressed, apart from us? Truck drivers! They sleep in their cabs.
It's too cold to undress.
Hello, HÃllerer.
I've got a question.
I've got the descriptions of the missing drivers.
I'll check for distinguishing features.
One of them had a tattoo on his right arm a heart and the name Nicole.
- Body No.
- Thanks, HÃllerer.
Spot on.
Help me up, will you? Going by the state of the bodies, I'd say they were killed in the past week.
If Father Auer was warning other truck drivers, we can assume that further thefts are still planned.
We must find out if any more deliveries are being made.
How do we do that? I hope they've got good old CB radio.
Calling all drivers Anyone transporting pharmaceuticals should call Vienna Police and ask for Inspector Brandtner.
Be very careful when sleeping at rest areas between Vienna and the border.
Tell any drivers without CB.
Over and out.
- You've been a great help.
- Don't expect too much.
Very few of us have CB.
We use mobiles.
There's still no news of him? Right.
Okay, Wimmer.
See you later.
- Well? - Nothing.
- Any news? - I'm afraid not.
Nothing at all.
Contrary to our assumptions, the truck drivers are attacked here, not in Hungary.
Someone from here then drives on.
They're efficient and unscrupulous.
Father Auer would get involved with them! We need to put you somewhere else.
You'll be our guest until you tell me what you told the drivers.
Those are the rest areas where long-distance drivers sleep.
We can assume that the victims were killed at one of them.
We're monitoring all four in case some drivers didn't get the warning.
HÃllerer speaking.
One second, please.
It's a truck driver.
Brandtner here.
Another driver just told me that I should call you.
Where are you? Outside Vienna, heading for Rest Area West.
We're planning an operation to prevent an attack on you and catch the criminals.
Can you describe the truck you're driving? I'm driving a blue Scania.
It's marked Spindler and has Basel plates.
That's him.
That last guy works for yet another carrier.
Four pharmaceutical firms, four carriers.
How does the gang know about the consignments and the trucks? Someone's tipping them off.
They'd need extra insurance for a big consignment Their informant could work there.
I see.
I'll look into it.
Come on.
One of them has gone over to the truck.
- The other's in the car.
- Good.
We'll start.
Quiet! I want peace and quiet.
What's going on? I want my rest.
What's that dog doing here at night? Congratulations.
It worked.
I'll tail them.
They're Polish.
They've been here for three weeks.
There's nothing to suggest they're hiding a priest there.
According to their passports they're It's tricky Wojtek Baran and Andrzej Bukowski.
Stay and watch them.
I'll send a relief later.
Thank you.
I was speaking to the director of one of the haulage firms.
Apparently all the firms use the same insurance company.
Our Swiss colleagues ought to take a close look at it.
Yes, BÃck here.
Hello, Alex.
There's no news.
They haven't left the hotel.
Yeah, I can stand it.
Just send the others home! Would you like a drink? You'll get water when you talk.
Just a moment.
Mr SprÃngli? Yes.
I see.
When's it coming? Which carrier? Right, Mr SprÃngli You'll get your money as usual.
Thank you.
Baran? There's a job.
You know what it's like, Alex.
All we can do is wait.
It'll work out.
I'll go and see Christian.
Rex, we're going out.
Rex took this laser pointer with him.
Can you return it? Sure.
Bravo, Rex.
What a catch.
I'm on my way.
The Poles have left.
The truck drivers are on their guard.
We have to change our plans.
There won't be a dog at every rest area.
It'll be better if we don't use the same places again.
You'll pretend there's been an accident on the road to the border by driving on ahead of the truck and throwing a shop dummy out of the window.
He'll run it over and stop.
You know what to do then.
- There's Father Auer.
- Where? At the window, to your right.
Go round the back and see how many of them there are.
I'll call for back-up.
I've seen three people so far.
The two Poles from the hotel and a third guy.
One of them just left with a gun.
We must get inside somehow.
I can see a way.
I'll come round.
Help! Go and take care of him.
Help! Help! Go and see the priest.
Maybe he'll talk now.
Rex! Go and see what's going on.
Police! Let go, you bloody dog! Let go! The game's up.
- Let go! - Let go, Rex.
Let go.
Good boy.
Father! Are you all right? Well done, Rex.
Hands behind your head! Kneel down! Kneel! How lucky you don't always obey me.
Thank you.
I can't calm down! The Swiss are claiming they broke up the gang.
Lower your voice.
But we caught them! All they did was arrest SprÃngli.
Don't worry about it.
I met Bukowsky, Baran and Schuller but who's SprÃngli? He was their informant.
I'm not normally noisy.
It must be the acoustics in here.
I found something of yours.
Thank you.
- Thank you.
- Don't mention it.
- Thank you.
- My pleasure.
And thank you too, of course.
- Goodbye, Father.
- Why should I simmer down? Just look at this story!