'I'm Stupid': Burglary Suspect Gets Stuck In Chimney - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

'I'm Stupid': Burglary Suspect Gets Stuck In Chimney

MSNBC.COM - A person found in the chimney of an Atlanta-area home was not Santa Claus arriving early but a 17-year-old alleged burglar who got stuck as he tried to leave the house.

The teen spent about 10 hours lodged inside the chimney on Tuesday before firefighters climbed on the roof and lowered ropes to rescue him.

Police were alerted after a neighbor heard someone calling for help early in the afternoon, said Corporal Jake Smith, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department.

Ranaldo Montez Jack, 17, who was not injured, was arrested on one count of burglary and another of providing a false name to police. The owner of the house was not at home during the incident, authorities said.

"We heard someone yelling for help," neighbor Laura Chaparro told WGCL-TV.

"We were talking to him, ‘What are you doing down there?' He just said, 'Ah, I'm stupid,'" said Chaparro.

Edyn Rodriguez, told WSB-TVthat he was standing in his driveway when he heard cries coming from across the street.

"He said, ‘Help me! Help me!" Rodriguez said. "Man, never in my life! … I called 911."

Owner returns home
The station reported that the home's owner, Tsehainesh Kidane, came home from work during the rescue, saying that she had no idea someone was stuck in her chimney until a TV crew told her.

WGCL-TV said the accused thief threw clothes on the ground and allegedly stole $500 out of her safe.

"I was going to use it to pay my taxes," said Kidane.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Jack told rescuers with the Gwinnett County Fire Department that he had been stuck in the chimney since about 3 a.m. Firefighters pulled him from the stack, and police brought him down a ladder and placed him under arrest on the ground.

WSB-TV reported that the teen allegedly gave police a false name, but that an officer who had dealt with him before recognized him.

 

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