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They say crime doesn’t pay, and this real-life story certainly proves it!

Shortly after 3 a.m. this morning, two fully uniformed VicPD officers were in the 900-block of Yates Street when they observed a man attempting to break into an ATM.

The officers approached the man and the already damaged machine, watching as the suspect continued to gain access to the ATM for approximately two minutes.

Police said the suspect finally realized there was someone behind him and without turning, asked them to help him break into the ATM.

The suspect attempted to flee after the officers identified themselves as police and informed the man he that was under arrest. 

“He was taken to the ground where he fought with officers’ attempts to take him into custody,” said VicPD in a media release.

Additional officers were dispatched to assist the officers and after a brief struggle, the man was placed in handcuffs and then taken to VicPD cells.

“The man’s attempts to gain access to the ATM rendered the machine out of order before the officers’ arrival,” said VicPD.

There were no injuries during the incident and the suspect as since been released.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call VicPD at (250) 995-7654.To report what you know anonymously, call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


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