A person found in the chimney of an Atlanta-area home was not Santa Claus arriving early but a 17-year-old alleged burglar who got stuck as he tried to leave the house.
The teen spent about 10 hours lodged inside the chimney on Tuesday before firefighters climbed on the roof and lowered ropes to rescue him.
Police were alerted after a neighbor heard someone calling for help early in the afternoon, said Cpl. Jake Smith, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department.
Ranaldo Montez Jack, 17, who was not injured, was arrested on one count of burglary and another of providing a false name to police. The owner of the house was not at home during the incident, authorities said.
"We heard someone yelling for help," neighbor Laura Chaparro told WGCL-TV.
"We were talking to him, ‘What are you doing down there?' He just said, 'Ah, I'm stupid,'" said Chaparro.