Bad Santa: Criminal Gets Stuck In Chimney, Calls Cops On Himself

It’s just about that time. Before we all know it, Santa Claus will be coming down the chimney with a bag full of goodies that will help to spread feelings of good tidings and cheer, or something like that. While Santa comes just once a year, criminals remain active each and every day - even the really stupid ones. Yes, there remain a ton of criminals out there that do some absolutely dumb things that lead to their capture.

While it’s impossible to get into the mind of those that get clipped due to their own horrible planning and execution, it’s tough not to speculate about exactly what they were thinking before attempting to pull off their failed caper. If you’re going to take the major risk of breaking the law, wouldn’t you at least have the presence of mind to make sure that all of your ducks are in a row to boost the odds in your favor?

As we’ve seen time and again, that line of thinking is beyond the grasp of some of those that choose a life of crime. That’s good news for the rest of us that go about our business the right way, as it’s only a matter of time before their sloppy actions will lead to their capture. Here’s another entry to add to the lengthy list of criminals that suddenly had a light bulb moment and realized that their wayward ways weren’t exactly the best choice. This criminal even had the presence of mind to call the cops on himself. Yes, seriously.

As the New York Post shares, Jesse Berube, 32, was popped for allegedly attempting to rob a business in Citrus Heights, California. Berube came up with the genius idea of entering the business via the chimney. After all, if it works out so well for Santa on Christmas Eve, it would surely be a foolproof way for him to get his hands on whatever he wanted to, right? Not so much.

Berube wound up getting stuck in the chimney, and there was no way he was getting out. Thankfully for him, he had a cell phone with him that he was able to reach. Berube was able to contort himself enough to reach his cell phone to make a call. He called 911, and the Sacramento Fire Department was soon en route. We can only imagine the first responders were a little taken aback by the unusual circumstances, but they went about their business and used some special equipment to lodge Berube free.

He was uninjured during the incident, but he was slapped with one count of burglary. We’ll hold out hope that his punishment - whatever that may be - includes him being on the hook for the cost of the first responders' time, effort, and equipment, especially when you consider the fact that they could’ve been spending their time helping someone else in need as opposed to freeing a bumbling crook.

The interesting rescue mission has captured plenty of attention, and area authorities have noted that the man is a “criminal Santa” that “does not have the same skills as the real deal.” We’ll add a wish to our Christmas list that at least one more criminal has realized that a life of crime simply doesn’t pay.

Source: New York Post, Fox News
Photo: Citrus Heights Police Department

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