The Seward Park neighborhood where a man spent three hours stuck in a chimney Friday is calling him the "Santa Claus Burglar."
He didn't get far when he tried to enter a house in the wealthy neighborhood Friday afternoon. Only about five feet from the top of the chimney.
Police were called at about 5:30 p.m. by a neighbor who heard the man yelling for help. Fire department personnel extricated the suspect from the chimney. No one was home at the time of the incident.
The 23-year old man was taken to Harborview with minor injuries and then had a ticket to King County Jail on suspicion of burglary.
It took emergency responders 45 minutes to chisel away enough of the chimney to drag the man down into the house, said Dana Vander Houwen, spokeswoman for the Seattle Fire Department.
In a statement released later Friday, police said the suspect "had no connection to the residence and had no legal right to be there."
A homeowner said the man may be a suspect in other burglaries in the neighborhood. But a police department spokesman did not confirm similar burglaries had occurred.
The owners of the home in the 7700 block of Seward Park Avenue South, were reportedly on vacation in Mexico, according to firefighters on the scene. The family has lived in the two-story home on the shores of Lake Washington for more than 20 years, their son said.
The home sustained minor damage as firefighters used a jackhammer to chisel away part of the chimney inside the house to free the man.
The "Santa Claus Burglar" Now In Jail, Not Chimney
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