Utica, NY (WIBX) - A Utica man is facing charges after police say he tried to rob a bank with a toilet plunger.

Utica Police say 49-year old Lawrence Deptola went into the Key Bank on Genesee Street at about 1:30 yesterday afternoon and threatened a teller with the plunger.

They say Deptola had also entered two other banks acting suspiciously.

He was taken into custody by officers who had responded to the Key Bank.

Deptola was charged with attempted robbery.

The plunger was recovered at nearby Citizen's Bank.