Kayaker Nabs Suspected Mail Thief
Wash. suspect tried to make getaway across pond
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 25, 2014 8:46 PM CST
Updated Dec 26, 2014 12:05 AM CST
The suspected mail thief grabbed a kayak, but not a paddle.   (AP Photo/Bloomsburg Press Enterprise, Jimmy May)

(Newser) – A fast-paddling good Samaritan in a kayak helped sheriff's deputies in Washington state nab a suspected Christmas mail thief. Police received multiple calls on Wednesday morning that a man and a woman were going through mailboxes around the town of Sammamish. While deputies were on their way, residents spotted a car filled with mail and used their cars to block it in. The suspected mail thieves ran off. One was caught immediately, while the other fled into a nearby pond with a kayak he grabbed out of a yard. A resident grabbed his own kayak, caught up to the suspect, and convinced him to return to shore, where he was arrested. The sheriff's office says the suspect didn't get very far because he was using his hands to paddle.