December 11, 2008

Alleged burglar trapped in sealed chimney

Authorities in St. Louis said an alleged burglar's Santa-style mode of entry left him trapped for more than seven hours in the flue of a pawn shop's chimney.

Police said Charles Bryant, 35, was foiled in his alleged burglary attempt when he found the base of the chimney at St. Louis Jewelry and Loan had been sealed with concrete, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday.

Firefighters said they spent more than two hours Wednesday morning using power chisels and hammers to free the trapped suspect.

Bryant, who was treated at a hospital for shock and a shoulder injury, was arrested and charged with second degree burglary.