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Deafy Sweetfellow (possibly an alias) ran a bicycle theft ring in Dick Tracy's city. He had heavy eyelids and prominent lips. Deafy wore a hearing aid and pretended to be hearing-impaired, but he could actually hear exceptionally well.

Deafy had his accomplice Johnny Naem recruit Junior Tracy to operate a bicycle parking lot on a piece of property that Deafy owned near Junior's school. Deafy then arranged for a number of the bicycles to be damaged, thus creating a market for his stolen bicycles. Junior discovered the plot and exposed Deafy, but was seriously injured in the process.

Deafy and Johnny Naem hid in the back room of a small hamburger stand that was operated by Naem's mother. When police arrived, Naem surrendered to avoid a shoot-out.

Deafy ran into a backyard shed where he encountered a skunk, which sprayed him. Deafy hid under a pile of Christmas trees, but the strong odor from the skunk's spray made his hiding place detectable by police. Deafy was arrested and rode to police headquarters sitting on the hood of a police car, as none of the officers wanted to be in an enclosed vehicle with him. He was identified by Junior.

Deafy apparently received a sentence of 20 years for theft and assault, but was later paroled.