Dumb bur­glar gets stuck, calls po­lice for help

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A US bur­glary sus­pect who tried to evade cap­ture by crawl­ing in­side an apart­ment build­ing’s ven­ti­la­tion ducts got stuck and had to be res­cued by au­thor­i­ties. res­i­dents in a down­town Seat­tle apart­ment build­ing called po­lice to re­port hear­ing what sounded like a per­son “de­stroy­ing wash­ing ma­chines” with a pry bar in a laun­dry room, the Seat­tle Po­lice Depart­ment said in a state­ment.

The sus­pect, who po­lice said had dozens of $1 (M10) bills and $22.65 in change on him, likely taken from vend­ing and wash­ing ma­chines, hid be­hind the ap­pli­ances as res­i­dents came in to do laun­dry and then moved a vend­ing ma­chine to block the en­trance to the room.

He then bur­rowed out of the com­mu­nal laun­dry room through a wall and into an ad­ja­cent stor­age area. Fol­low­ing the trail, po­lice en­tered the stor­age room but found only blood and bro­ken glass and a small open­ing that led to air ducts, the state­ment said.

“Of­fi­cers made their way to the base­ment, where they could hear some­one strug­gling in­side the duct work. The bur­glar told po­lice he was stuck, and could not move be­cause of the pain — and that he needed some­thing to drink.”

It took Seat­tle fire­fight­ers 20 min­utes to free the man, who suf­fered cuts to his hands and face. He was taken into cus­tody, was be­ing treated at a hos­pi­tal and will be booked on felony bur­glary and drug pos­ses­sion charges. – Reuters

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