Hurry down the chimney

FOX: Thwarted by chimney, ‘criminal Santa’ has to call the cops on himself.

A burglary suspect in California reportedly had to call the police on himself earlier this week after getting stuck in a chimney.

According to police, Jesse Berube, 32, was allegedly attempting to rob a business in Citrus Heights and thought he could slide in through the chimney. But once he tried, he found himself stuck on Wednesday with no way out on his own, police said.


Jesse Berube, 32, was charged with one count of burglary, police said. (Citrus Heights Police Department)

Berube was reportedly able to move just enough to reach his phone and dial 911.

Responders from the Sacramento Fire Department arrived at the scene and used special equipment to get the suspect out.

Berube was removed from the tight space uninjured but now faces one count of burglary, police said.

Authorities referred to the man as a “criminal Santa” but said he “does not have the same skills as the real deal.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

10 Comments on Hurry down the chimney

  1. Isn’t there one of these every year at this time? So incredibly lucky he didn’t die in there. Who would ever to think of looking in a chimney for him?! Glad he didn’t drop his phone trying to fish it out of his pocket. How awful! Idiot criminals. I can just hear the scorn that will be heaped on him in the county jail.


    Good heavens, how many people need to get stuck before they figure out you can’t do this!


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