Here comes Santa Claus? Nope, it’s actually a 17-year-old kid coming down the chimney. Or, trying to. Instead, he ended up being stuck for almost 12 hours! Some might call it karma: The teen was actually trying to rob the house, police say.
Georgia firefighters pulled soot-covered Renaldo Jack out of the chimney and promptly arrested him on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. His neighbor, Edyn Rodriguez, told the paper he heard someone yelling for help, so he called 911.
Once on the ground, the Gwinnett County Fire Department say Jack gave them a fake name and told them he got into the chimney because he was “stupid.” Unfortunately for the teen, the arresting police officer had dealt with him before and easily recognized him, despite the soot.
HLN affiliate WSB reports that Jack was charged with burglary and giving false information to a police officer, and was held without bond Tuesday night in a detention facility.
"It appears that some items were disturbed inside, so it looks like maybe he made it all the way to the interior and then for whatever reason tried to go back out the chimney and became stuck," Gwinnett County Police Corporal Jake Smith told WSB.
Let’s just say this was a ho-ho-horrible decision.
But wait, there’s more! The owner of the home Jack tried to rob told the local TV station she had no idea someone was stuck in her chimney the entire night.
"Oh, my God. That scares me to death," Tsehainesh Kidane said. "Why did he figure out (to go) through the chimney?"