A would-be robber asked the wrong people for help breaking into an automated teller machine in Victoria Tuesday morning.
The man was witnessed by patrol officers attempting to break in to an ATM in the 900-block of Yates Street just after 3 a.m., Victoria police said in a news release.
As they approached the man, they noticed the machine had been damaged, and watched him keep trying to gain access to for about two minutes.
“At that point the man noted that someone was behind him. Without turning, he asked those behind him to help him break into the ATM,” police said.
Police then identified themselves to the man and told him he was under arrest, at which point he tried to flee. The man was taken to the ground and continued to fight off the arrest attempt, prompting the officers to call for backup. He was eventually handcuffed and taken to VicPD holding cells.
“The man’s attempts to gain access to the ATM rendered the machine out of order before the officers’ arrival. No one was physically injured in the incident,” police said.
He was released and faces charges of mischief, according to police.