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Row, row, row your boat, and stop a thief

Authorities say a man suspected of stealing mail in Sammamish, Wash. tried to flee in a kayak, but he was chased down by another man using his own kayak; the "boat race" happened on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

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SAMMAMISH, Wash. - A fast-paddling good Samaritan in a kayak helped sheriff's deputies in Washington state nab a suspected mail thief.

Q13, the Fox News station in Seattle, reports deputies received multiple calls on Wednesday morning that a man and a woman were going through mailboxes around the town of Sammamish, east of Seattle.

While deputies were on their way, residents spotted a car filled with mail and used their cars to block it in.

The suspects ran off, but one was caught immediately. The other grabbed a kayak out of someone's yard and took into a nearby pond.

But not so fast...

An area resident grabbed his own kayak, caught up to the suspect and convinced him to return to shore, where he was arrested.

Here's something that probably helped: Police say the suspect didn't get very far because he was using his hands to paddle.