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Missouri robbers slip up in snow: police

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - Three teenagers who had been robbing drivers stranded in the snow in the southern area of Kansas City were apprehended when their own vehicle became stuck, police officials said on Sunday.

Two of the alleged robbers, Michael Wilson Jr., 17, and Darion Page, 18, are being held at the Jackson County Detention Center after being charged with two counts of robbery and two counts armed criminal action each. A third robber, an unnamed juvenile, is not being held there.

"We got approximately 8 inches of snow and it was really bad outside, really slippery," said Detective Jonathan Cranston of the Kansas City police department's robbery unit.

"In one instance they stopped at a vehicle and said 'hey, are you stuck, do you need some help' and then pulled out a gun and demanded their valuables."

The robberies began Wednesday, officials said, when a preacher became stuck in the snow and a man stopped to help. When they were digging the preacher's vehicle out a Chevrolet Suburban approached, two men jumped out -- one of whom was carrying a semiautomatic handgun -- and demanded money.

The trio robbed at least two other vehicles and when police were responding to one of the earlier robberies they came across a Chevrolet Suburban that matched the description of the robbers' vehicle. It had become stuck in the snow, Detective Cranston said.

Officers collected $42 in stolen cash and credit cards from the vehicles and took the three suspects into custody.

"We think they may have been involved in other robberies," Detective Cranston said.

The suspects are being held on a $50,000 cash bond and a court date is set for February 9.

(Writing by Eric Johnson; Editing by Jerry Norton)