FAIRFIELD — A joking text message resulted in police responding to Village Bagels of Fairfield on the day after Christmas on a report of a robbery in progress.

Police received a call around 1:30 p.m. Dec. 26 from a man not inside the deli stating that the business was being robbed at gunpoint.

The 21-year-old man had gone to Village Bagels with a friend, 22, that day. The older of the two men went inside to get food and after a few minutes received a text message from the friend outside asking what was taking so long, according to police. The man in Village Bagels responded “the place is being robbed,” which prompted the 21-year-old to call the police to report the supposed robbery, not realizing his friend had been joking.

Four police vehicles responded to the bagel shop to find that no robbery had taken place. Both men were given warnings.

justin.papp@scni.com; @justinjpapp1