Two thieves on the run in Germany made light work for their pursuers when they tried to flee across a drained pond and got stuck so fast in mud they had to be helped out by police.
"They probably thought the pond looked dry and that it would be a handy shortcut," a spokesman for police in the eastern city of Chemnitz said on Wednesday. "But they got totally stuck."
Having released the men from the sludge, police arrested the pair, both Poles in their twenties. The two had earlier given officers the slip after being caught breaking into a car.