California man freed after two days trapped in restaurant grease vent

California man freed after two days trapped in restaurant grease vent

A possible burglar had to be rescued from the grease vent of a vacant Chinese restaurant in the Bay Area after being trapped there for two days, authorities said Wednesday.

The Alameda County sheriff's office says deputies and firefighters were called to the vacant building in San Lorenzo, California, on Wednesday after someone heard cries for help.

The unidentified man was taken to a local hospital for treatment before being placed into the custody of the Sheriff's Office. The restaurant closed in September, according to one user comment under the sheriff office's post. He was only discovered because local man Igor Campos heard "groaning sounds" coming from the wall next to his own business.

Officials say he had been trapped for two days.

The man was unable to move despite being coated in grease and oil. Personnel then found a 29-year-old man trapped. "The suspect is expected to make a full recovery", Kelly added in an online statement.

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'We checked, and he was not Santa Claus, ' Kelly said.

He said: "We are very thankful to our citizen reporter and our firefighters for saving this man".

The sheriff's office is conducting a trespassing and vandalism investigation, it said, adding that it is unclear whether the man meant to commit a robbery. "It is likely he wound [sic] have survived another day given the circumstances", the sheriff's office said.

"We know sometimes suspects try to break into businesses to steal copper wire and plumbing and recycling for money", he explained.

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