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CHICKASHA, Okla. - Chickasha police said thieves were caught in progress when their getaway vehicle got stuck in the mud.

"You really don't want to know what I really think about it but they confiscated his truck when they caught him," car wash manager Jerry Layman said. "That truck should go to me so I can sell it and pay for that machine." 

Layman will have to pay for every bit of the $4,000 he said it will cost to repair the money changer and the brick work around it after would-be thieves took a sledgehammer to the changer and tried to steal the money.

"It cost about $4,000 and they got nothing out of it," he said.

Customers won't either.

The machine will be out-of-order for about two weeks.

It all started when police say a few guys decided they were going to break into a couple of places in town.

Layman's car wash was their first target.

Police said 23-year-old Steven Wayne Hayes parked the getaway car behind a nearby building in a field while two others sneaked down an alley.

They then broke a fence, slid between bushes and made a mad dash for the money changer.

The only problem is the getaway driver got the getaway car stuck in the mud.

That's when someone called police and officers caught them in the act.

"We certainly would have still been investigating it had they hadn't of drove off in the mud and got stuck," the Chickasha Police Chief said.