The thief drove the pickup onto the lawn to make it easier to gain access through a window and load the stolen goods. Back in the truck he started to drive through the yard, only to get stuck. The robber put on the gas, causing the tire to sink into the rain-soaked lawn even more. Now in a panic, he shoved some rock salt behind the tire. It works great with snow and ice ...not so much with mud! Once that proved useless, he tried a piece of lattice to help in his getaway. Nothing. Then he went back in the house to retrieve a rug to put under the tire. Again, nothing. Not knowing what else to do, he called a tow truck.
Greg Banks, the tow truck guy, suspected nothing at first. He was told by the thief that he was helping his aunt move and had gotten stuck. As soon as he was towed out the thief sped off, not using the driveway, but going through the yard instead. Greg found that very odd, and got the license plate number. When he went to get paid from the nonexistent aunt, he noticed the break-in and called the police right away. The green Chevy pickup was traced to the robber's mother, who told police that her son was just released from prison a few days ago. Now the police had a name and plenty of fingerprints to match. Greg Banks easily recognized the thief in the police line-up.
The owner was notified, and even chuckled over the thief's panic attack. His immediate concern, however, was how he was going to watch game one of the hockey finals between his beloved Bruins and the Blackhawks. That proved to be a great game with the Hawks winning by 1 in triple overtime!