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John Locher Springstein was an undercover police officer who worked as a musician to gain access to the criminal underworld. He was slightly heavyset, with light brown hair and sideburns.

Springstein's cover enabled to work as a "scrounger", obtaining things for fugitives and other criminals. In this capacity, he was able to gain information that he could then pass on to other police officers (including Dick Tracy) while maintaining his cover.

Springstein secured passage to Cuba for the criminals Specs and Spicy. He was later contacted by Silver Nitrate, who was attempting to flee to the Caribbean.


  • John Locher Springstein' name was inspired by John Locher, a deceased former artist on the Dick Tracy comic strip. The last name Springstein is presumably derived from the popular musician Bruce Springsteen.