Published: Thu, December 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Suspected burglar of Chinese restaurant trapped in grease vent for two days

Suspected burglar of Chinese restaurant trapped in grease vent for two days

San Lorenzo A man has been rescued after spending two days trapped in the grease vent of an abandoned Chinese restaurant.

The Alameda County Sheriff's department posted a photo on Twitter and said the man was stuck in the vent for about two days.

Police and fire crews arriving at the scene in San Lorenzo near Oakland at about 09:30 local time (17:30 GMT) heard a voice and discovered that it was coming from a rooftop vent belonging to the restaurant.

Police from the Alameda County Sheriff's Office found this man stuck in a grease vent of an abandoned Chinese restaurant on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018.

The suspected burglar told his rescuers he’d been in the small vent for two days
The suspected burglar told his rescuers he’d been in the small vent for two days

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office indicated the man had trespassed on the property and described him as a "possible burglar".

Sgt. Ray Kelly tells the San Francisco Chronicle the man was in generally good condition despite being exposed to the elements. Firefighters worked for nearly an hour to extract him from the metal duct. After the rescue, he was transported to a local hospital for treatment. "We are very thankful to our citizen reporter and our firefighters for saving this man". "The suspect is expected to make a full recovery". "We know sometimes suspects try to break into businesses to steal copper wire and plumbing and recycling for money".

According to the Alameda County fire department, it took multiple team members to free the 29-year-old from the cramped vent. They extended a ladder and located a 29-year-old man trapped in a sheet metal grease duct running from the roof to the kitchen, according to the sheriff's office.

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