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Man arrested after asking police for help breaking into ATM

A man breaking into an automated teller machine in downtown Victoria was so focused on his work that he asked two passersby to give him a hand. Too bad for him they were fully uniformed police.

A man breaking into an automated teller machine in downtown Victoria was so focused on his work that he asked two passersby to give him a hand.

Too bad for him they were fully uniformed police.

VicPD officers were doing patrols in the 900 block of Yates Street early Tuesday when they saw a man attempting to break into the ATM. They approached, noted the machine had already been damaged and watched the suspect for more than two minutes.

“At that point, the man noted that someone was behind him. Without turning he asked [the officers] to help him break into the ATM,” VicPD said. “The officers then identified themselves as police and informed the man he was under arrest.”

The man attempted to flee, but was taken to the ground. After a brief struggle, the man was handcuffed and taken to police cells. No one was injured in the incident.

The man was later released as police continue their investigation.

Police ask anyone with information on the inciden to call them at 250-995-7654 extention 1, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.