Citrus Heights, CA- Police arrested a man they say tried to break into a business through the chimney, got stuck, and called 911 for a rescue. Sacramento Metro Fire Crews used a special tripod device to pull the suspect, Jesse Berube, out of the chimney. According to police, 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.
Berube was reportedly able to move just enough to reach his phone and dial 911. Berube was removed from the tight space uninjured but now faces one count of burglary, police said.
The business owner Loree LaMoureaux says she’s glad no one was hurt, and thinks it makes for a great Christmas story. “There’s lots of room for Santa but it’s got to be the right Santa and not the criminal Santa,” said LaMoureaux.
Authorities referred to the man as a “criminal Santa” but said he “does not have the same skills as the real deal.”