Ernest Raney, owner of Capital Pawn in Harrison, Ark., opened up his shop on Wednesday and began hearing sounds, thinking something might have gotten lodged in the chimney. Something had in fact gotten lodged in the chimney, which turned out to be 38-year-old Michael Wayne Case, A.K.A Arkansas's Albert Einstein.
It appears Case climbed into the 10.5-inch by 11-inch chimney opening late Tuesday night in an attempt to burglarize the pawn shop and became stuck for nearly 10 hours. He later claimed he had merely fallen in, which is highly unlikely given the small size of the opening. Police have charged him with commercial burglary, resisting arrest, and criminal mischief.
"His mouth was real violent. He cursed and basically used foul language that I don't repeat," Raney said.
"Chimneys don't go straight down," Raney's wife Marie said. "He didn't know chimneys himself. If it had been possible, he could not have gotten out of our store because we have burglary alarms. He wasn't thinking."
This last story gives the phrase "keystone cop" a whole new meaning.
In a story that was shared with a monthly police magazine, a police officer in Sussex, England, ended up chasing himself around for 20 minutes. A CCTV (closed circuit TV) operator saw a suspicious man on the streets, and called a plainclothes officer for help. The operator gave directions to the areas where the suspicious man was caught on camera, and the officer always seemed to be close, but could not see any evidence of the man. That is, until they realized that the "suspicious character" was actually the plainclothes officer! The date of the misadventure has been lost in the retelling, as all police officers involved were too busy laughing.