Firefighters rescue burglar from chimney after homeowner hears moaning in wall

A daft burglar had to be pulled out by the fire brigade when he got himself stuck halfway down a chimney during a botched robbery.

Firefighters had to take the living room wall apart 'brick-by-brick' after the he lodged himself inside the structure, with the homeowner only realising he was there when 'moaning noises' started to come from the walls.

The resident, a male, initially thought the strange sounds were coming from outside.

Police were dispatched to the home at Silver Spring in Montgomery County, Maryland at around 3.30am on Saturday (8 January) after receiving his report of an attempted burglary, but left after finding no evidence of a break-in.

It was only an hour after they left that the resident was able to place the noises as coming from inside the property, and when officers came back they noticed a section missing from the top of the chimney

Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service spokesman Pete Piringer said that around "two dozen firemen" were then needed on scene to get the hapless burglar out, with the team working for an hour-and-a-half to extract him.

His freedom was then followed by a trip in an ambulance to the local hospital, where he was accompanied by a police escort. It is reported he suffered minor injuries.

A tweet from Piringer said: "Just before 6a[m] @mcfrs called to assist PD [police department] removing a man stuck in chimney, he was not authorised to be there. Rescue crews methodically removed the wall & bricks from around the chimney. He was extracted ~730a[m] & transported to trauma center."

Officers are still reportedly trying to figure out how he ended up inside the chimney.

It is not known if he is facing any criminal charges, according to the New York Post.

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