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A bungling thief made a right mash up of trying to steal 13 tons of spuds from a farm trailer when he forgot to close the back door.

The crook had jumped behind the wheel of an unattended tractor and tried to flee from the farm in Essleben, Germany, before pickers had had the chance to secure the trailer.

"He was pretty easy to follow because he left this huge trail of potatoes behind him," explained one farm hand.

The hapless crook eventually fled empty handed when the trailer overturned, bursting one of the tractor's rear tyres causing it to crash into an electricity pylon.

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