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Getting away with a crime requires finesse. It requires cunning. It requires that an individual not become easily trapped in the act of committing the crime. Like in, say, a chimney or a vent. Here are some criminals who would’ve gotten away with it had it not been for their inability to navigate small spaces.

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1. After this guy in Seattle got caught trying to steal money from a vending machine in an apartment building’s laundry room, he took to the skies…and stayed there.

The burglary suspect tried to bash his way out of an apartment building's laundry room in downtown Seattle, after being caught by residents trying to steal quarters from a drinks machine.

When that failed, he crawled inside the building's ventilation ducts - but got stuck and residents filmed his attempts to escape.

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2. A man in Laurel, Delaware, broke into a middle school, and after taking the floor buffer for a spin, hopped in an elevator and then couldn’t get out.

A Laurel teenager was arrested Monday after he broke into a local middle school and got stuck in an elevator, prompting him to call 911 on himself, town police said.

Michael Claude, 19, was located inside the elevator of Laurel Middle School after he called 911 when it stopped working, Officer Christopher Story said.

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3. This is actually horrifying.

Authorities Sunday night identified the man who became stuck in the chimney of a Huron home during a botched burglary attempt and died after the homeowner lit a fire in the fireplace.

Tony Botti, spokesman for the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, said the man identified by the county coroner was 19-year-old Cody Caldwell. The cause of death was smoke inhalation and burns, Botti said.


4. This Detroit area man loves pizza so much that he tried to break into a pizza parlor through the air vent by which smoke from the pizza oven leaves the pizza parlor, but it didn’t work out.

A 32-year-old Brandon Township man was found stuck in a pizza oven vent Sunday at the Cracker Barrel Pizza Store in the 5500 block of Oakhill Road.

Oakland County Sheriff's deputies were called to the store on a report of a person screaming for help. The man was found stuck in the vent halfway from the roof to the floor.

The Sheriff's Office said he was trying to break into the store through the vent in the roof. He had removed the vent cap, entered the pipe from the roof and got stuck. He was there for more than 11 hours, the Sheriff's Office said.

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5. He came for the pet prescription drugs. He stayed because he got trapped in the animal hospital’s air conditioning ducts.

Milwaukee police arrested 19-year-old Shane Ray for apparently trying to steal prescription drugs from the Smal Animal Hospital on the city's east side on Sunday, September 15th. Officers were able to locate him because he got stuck in one of the building's air conditioning ducts.

"This 19-year-old suspect then crawled one direction, assuming that he could get down and into the building, was met with resistance in the form of the shaft narrowing. Turned around, somehow missed his entry hole, and slid all the way down the shaft to the ground level located behind the building," said Capt. Aaron Raap.

There the suspect stayed for 11 hours -- stuck in the heating and cooling system. It wasn't until the next morning that hospital staff heard the man shouting inside the duct.

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6. This burglar in Brockton, Massachusetts, almost spent the night trapped inside of a Rent-a-Center but instead he spent the night pinned under a loading bay door at the Rent-a-Center.

John Rodriguez arrived at work Tuesday and found 53-year-old Manuel Fernandes stuck under the loading bay door at around 8:45 a.m.

Fernandes told Rodriguez that he had been there since around midnight, according to police.

“He tried to pry open the garage door with a metal bed post. As a result of trying to squeeze into the business, apparently the door fell onto the suspect’s head, and he was unable to free himself,” said Det. Lt. Paul Bonanca of the Brockton Police Department.

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7. This guy at Nottingham Trent University in the U.K. was going to break into a campus building and steal some stuff, if only he could’ve gotten all the way in.

A suspected burglar spent five hours hanging upside down from a window after apparently getting trapped when trying to break into a university.

The man got stuck while attempting to squeeze through a 30in-wide window at Nottingham Trent University in freezing temperatures last Thursday night.

He was found by two students, who heard him calling for help and then saw his legs dangling out of the side of the lecture hall building.

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