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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Accused burglars were stopped in their tracks when their stolen getaway truck got stuck in the mud.

Witnesses called police after seeing three men loading what they believed to be stolen property into the back of a white pick-up truck near E. 81st Street and Chestnut Avenue in Kansas City, Mo., Tuesday afternoon.

When officers arrived, they found the truck empty and stuck in a mud pit.

“There were about six cop cars pulled up, and then a paddy wagon,” said Cody Lee, a neighbor who witnessed the men running from the truck.

“Guys took off through the field that way,” he said as he motioned up the hill.

Police said the vehicle was stolen from Lee’s Summit, and according to witnesses, was stocked full of what appeared to be stolen items from a nearby house.

“It had nice stuff in there,” Lee said, “like PS4s, PS3s, computers, Xboxes, it had all kinds of stuff in the back of the truck.”

Police officers tracked down the suspects at their home on nearby Montgall Avenue, thanks to one witness who recognized the bad guys from the neighborhood.

“Karma bites you in the butt when you do stuff like this,” Lee laughed.

Officers arrested two men, including 18-year-old Jeremiah Barnes, who is now charged with stealing the truck and was charged just a week ago with felony resisting arrest.

“If you do something like that,” Lee said, “don’t be an idiot and drive into the mud because you’re going to get stuck. The mud is always going to win, especially when it’s raining.”

Police located a house on Montgall Avenue that had a broken door frame and emptied toolboxes throughout the basement. But so far, the three suspects in this case have not been charged with the burglary.