It probably sounded like a good idea at the time: Break into a Golden Corral by climbing onto the roof and then getting into the restaurant by squeezing down an exhaust vent.
The burglary suspect who tried that maneuver at a Golden Corral in Mount Airy, North Carolina, got stuck in the vent, however, according to police.
A Golden Corral manager went to find out what was causing smoke to back up after workers fired up a grill on Tuesday morning, Winston-Salem NBC-TV affiliate WXII reported.
The manager went to the roof, looked down and saw a man who was stuck, according to High Point Fox-affiliate WGHP.
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Firefighters and police got the man out of the vent and took him to Northern Hospital of Surry County, Greensboro CBS affiliate WFMY reported.
Police arrested 59-year-old Charlie Edward Walker of Mount Airy after he was released from the hospital and charged him with felony breaking and entering, possession of burglary tools and damage to property, according to WGHP. Walker was jailed on $10,000 bail, the station reported.