'Criminal Santa' Trapped In Chimney Is Forced To Call 911: Cops

Criminal Santa
Jesse Berube was arrested for alleged burglary. (Citrus Heights PD)

Cops say the alleged burglar was not spreading Christmas cheer.

A man cops are calling "Criminal Santa" had to call 911 when he reportedly found himself trapped in a California business's chimney this week.

Citrus Heights Police allege 32-year-old Jesse Berube was not trying to spread Christmas cheer when he allegedly crawled down the chimney Wednesday.

According to a police statement, Berube slid down the chimney in an attempt to gain entry into the business.

However, cops say Berube was unsuccessful and became lodged, and unable make his way back out. Fortunately for him, Berube was able to move just enough to call for help.

“Criminal Santa does not have the same skills as the real deal,” police joked.

With the help of fire officials using special equipment, Berube was soon able to escape a sooty demise uninjured.

Berube was, however, arrested for burglary and has since been released.