SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Believing they had a botched burglary on
their hands, police in Hayward, California, called to a house instead
found a naked man wedged in its chimney, a police officer said Monday.
"He didn't have a stitch on," Lt. Gary Branson of the Hayward Police
Department said, referring to Michael Urbano.
The 23-year-old man came home early Saturday morning and, finding
himself locked out and without his keys, tried to enter the
single-story house through its chimney.
"He told us he took off his clothes because as he was going down the
chimney the clothes would rub up against it and slow him down,"
Branson said. "If it was skin on cement he felt he would go down
Urbano's effort ended disastrously when a cable-television wire he
used to lower himself snapped. He fell and was wedged in a section of
the chimney tapering into the home's fireplace.
For the next four hours he cried out for help. A neighbor called
police and fire fighters, who dislodged Urbano, Branson said. Officers
booked Urbano for being under the influence of drugs, he added.