updated 11/24/2008 6:15:06 PM ET 2008-11-24T23:15:06

There's probably an art to stealing — and cracking open — ATMs. But a man apparently hasn't figured out what it is.

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Police say a 49-year-old man was arrested for prying an ATM loose from a credit union early Sunday by using a stolen skid loader. Then, in a bid to break open the cash machine, police say the suspect used the skid loader to drop the 3,000-pound machine straight down a 50-foot wooded embankment.

But things didn't go as planned. When the skid loader dropped down the hill, the man went with it.

The suspect took a wild ride down the embankment from the skid loader cage. The man, skid loader and ATM tumbled downhill through the woods.

He was found trapped inside the battered machine and was taken to a hospital for his injuries, which were not considered life-threatening.

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