After hearing’moaning’ from the wall, firefighters rescue a burglar from a chimney.
During a botched robbery, a foolish would-be burglar got stuck halfway down a chimney — and was only discovered when a resident heard’moaning’ from the walls.
During a botched robbery, a bumbling burglar became stuck halfway down a chimney and had to be rescued by the fire department.
After he lodged himself inside the structure, firefighters had to take the living room wall apart ‘brick by brick,’ with the homeowner only realising he was there when’moaning noises’ began to emanate from the walls.
The male resident assumed the strange noises were coming from outside at first.
After receiving his report of an attempted burglary at around 3.30 a.m. on Saturday, January 8th, police were dispatched to his home in Silver Spring, Montgomery County, Maryland, but left after finding no evidence of a break-in.
The resident was only able to pinpoint the noises as coming from inside the property an hour after they left, and when officers returned, they discovered a section missing from the chimney’s top.
According to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service spokesman Pete Piringer, “two dozen firemen” were needed on the scene to extract the hapless burglar, with the team working for an hour and a half.
Following his release, he was taken to the local hospital in an ambulance, where he was escorted by police.
He was said to have suffered minor injuries.
“Just before 6a[m]@mcfrs called to assist PD [police department]removing a man stuck in chimney, he was not authorised to be there,” Piringer said in a tweet.
The wall and bricks around the chimney were removed methodically by rescue crews.
He was taken to a trauma center at 730 a[m]and extracted.”
Officers are still investigating how he got inside the chimney, according to reports.
According to the New York Post, he is not facing any criminal charges.
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