Burglary suspect caught in chimney

Burglary suspect caught in chimneyA 28-year-old Ridgecrest man was arrested Sunday after a suspected break-in attempted resulted in his getting stuck in a chimney.

Ridgecrest Police Officers were dispatched to a home on the 500 block of West Mamie Avenue after a residential burglary alarm was triggered that morning.

After speaking with the alarm company, the RPD dispatcher received a call from an unknown female reporting that her friend was stuck in a chimney and needed help. Incidentally, both distress calls originated from the same address.

By the time RPD officers arrived on scene, they located Keith Schultz trapped in the chimney. Officers also found signs of forced entry into the residence and an open back door, but no sign of any other suspects.

“It is believed at the time of this report that Schultz attempted to break into the residence by climbing down the chimney, getting himself stuck,” reads a report prepared by Sgt. Daniel Armogida. “We believe that his accomplice(s) forced entry into the residence attempting to free him, but triggered the home alarm instead.”

Any accomplices in the burglary attempt remain at large, said RPD.

Kern County Firefighters eventually freed Schultz from the chimney. He was taken into custody on an open charge of burglary.

After a medical clearance, he was transported to the central receiving facility in Bakersfield for booking.

The Kern County Court Calendar cites two hearings held for Schultz earlier failure to report for commitment in relation to a violation of probation.

No additional details were available at press time.

Story First Published: 2017-02-03