It's a sci-fi tale!
It's a horror story!
It's a parable about how crime never pays!
...it's all these things...and more!
Illustrated by Gerald McCann, this tale from Ziff-Davis' one-shot Eerie Adventures (1951) shares a title with several other 1940s-50s tales from other publishers.
None of the others were sci-fi, but standard crime tales...