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Thwarted by the chimney, ‘criminal Santa’ has to call the police on themselves

Jesse Berube, 32, was charged with one count of burglary, police said.

(Citrus Heights Police)

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

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

Berube was reportedly able to move around, just enough to reach his phone and call 911.

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Rescuers from the Sacramento Fire department arrived on the spot and used special equipment to get the suspect out.

Berube was removed from the tight space unharmed, but is now faced with one count of burglary, police said.

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

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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