Tino Balducci is a police detective who achieved relative fame after stopping two bank robbers.
Tino became famous after catching two notorious bank robbers and was hailed as a great police detective. However, he only caught the bank robbers accidentally, purely by being in the right place at the right time. Nevertheless, Tino kept quiet about the true nature of the arrest and tried his best to live up to the expectations that his fame thrust upon him.
In 2005, Tino is invited on Lori Girard's train trip in order to find out what happened to Jake Hurley, the train's original owner. Tino and Lori used to date before then. He ends up pulling the emergency brake in order to try to frame John Grey for it and look like a good detective.
In 2007, Chantal Moique advises Tino to be Nancy's partner over the phone in figuring out why strange accidents are happening at Icicle Creek Lodge. Nancy reluctantly takes his "survey."
- In The Phantom of Venice, Nancy can overhear conversations about Tino starring in a TV show called Detective Beech.