Suspected NC watermelon thief's getaway foiled by mud

A suspected watermelon-stealing man in North Carolina was caught in the act after his pickup got stuck in the mud, investigators said.

The Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that Friday’s incident began when two deputies were assigned to investigate a crops-theft report on Highway 97 near Rocky Mount.

Deputies said two deputies found Michael Bryant with a load of stolen watermelons on Friday near Rocky Mount when they went to check out a theft of crops report. 

Deputies said two deputies found Michael Bryant with a load of stolen watermelons on Friday near Rocky Mount when they went to check out a theft of crops report.  (Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office )

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“When they arrived on scene, they found the suspect with a truckload of stolen watermelons, stuck in a field,” the news release said.

Michael Anthony Bryant was charged with misdemeanor larceny in the theft of watermelons.

Michael Anthony Bryant was charged with misdemeanor larceny in the theft of watermelons. (Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office )

The deputies arrested Michael Anthony Bryant on a misdemeanor larceny charge.

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Bryant was locked up on a $500 bond, the news release said.

Rocky Mount is an hour's drive northeast of Raleigh.