KANSAS CITY, Mo., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Three alleged crooks preying on motorists trapped in snow in the Kansas City, Mo., area were apprehended when their own vehicle became stuck, police said.
The robberies began Wednesday, when a preacher got stuck on Kansas City's Prospect Avenue, The Kansas City Star reported.
A man stopped to help and while they were digging the vehicle out, a Chevrolet Suburban pulled up. But instead of offering the help they expected, two men jumped out, one carrying a semiautomatic handgun and demanding money.
The trio reportedly robbed another stranded motorist, and while police were on their way to the second robbery victim, they came across a Chevrolet Suburban matching the one used in the robberies. It had become stuck in the snow.
Inside, officers found a gun holster, credit cards belonging to the robbery victims and $42 in cash.
Police reports indicated there may have been a third victim, as well, Kansas City's KCTV-TV reported.
"I have never seen a case like this before in our office," Jackson County prosecutor James Kanatzar told KCTV. "There's some satisfaction that the defendants' [car was] later stuck in the snow and that enabled the police to find them."
Michael Wilson Jr., 17, Darion Page, 18, and a juvenile were arrested and charged with robbery and armed criminal action, officials said Friday.