A US man was arrested after he posted footage of himself robbing a bank in Virginia on Instagram.
He later claimed that it was not a robbery as he was not wearing a mask, he was polite and that he filmed the entire proceedings.
Dominyk Antonio Alfonseca, 23, was arrested just 20 minutes after his alleged heist of a TowneBank bank in Virginia Beach on Monday afternoon, reported The Virginian-Pilot.
He allegedly walked into the bank, which he told reporters he chose because it was the "fanciest" one around, and handed over a note.
"I need 150,000 Bands Right NOW!! Please Police take 3 to 4 minutes to get here, I would appreciate if you Ring the alarm a minute after I am gone ... Make sure the money doesn't BLOW UP ON MY WAY OUT (sic)" it read, reported NY Daily News.
It even ended with a smiley face.
Alfonseca left with the money.
He then posted two clips and a photograph online of what he had allegedly done, with the videos showing the bank teller reading the note, and then pulling out cash and placing it into a bag.
Alfonseca was detained shortly after and charged with robbery.
He claimed in an interview from jail on Wednesday that what he did was not a crime.
"I went and I gave a note and I asked politely," he told TV station WAVY.
"A robbery is demanding, going and demanding something and taking the money or whatever like that. I didn't do that."
The fact that he was polite, used "please" in the note, did not wear a mask and recorded the incident meant he was not guilty, he said.
"I'm basically asking permission for money. In my eyes, I did not commit a robbery and I feel I'm being charged without reason," he added.
"I posted the video on my Instagram. I videotaped it. If it was a robbery, I don't think I would videotape it, post the picture of the letter and do that all to come to jail."
Police have not commented on his Instagram account, which also features amateur rap music videos and other bizarre missives typed up by Alfonseca.
This article was first published on May 9, 2015.
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