DUBLIN — Breaking and entering can be exhausting work, especially when the would-be thief gets himself stuck in an exhaust vent while attempting the breaking and entering.
Such was the case for one unlucky Bladenboro man recently.
According to Chief Deputy Rodney Hester with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, the dispatchers at Bladen County Communications received a call shortly after noon on Thursday, Jan. 30, from a motorist who had pulled off Hwy. 41 at the abandoned 41 Grill & Grocery.
“The caller advised that he could hear someone yelling for help, but he could not locate the yelling individual,” Hester said. “However, it sounded like the subject was yelling from inside the business.”
A deputy was sent to the location and, when he arrived, Hester said the yelling individual was found stuck in the exhaust vent on the roof of the business.
“The business owners were notified and they opened the business so that emergency workers from the Dublin Fire Department could assist in getting the man out of the exhaust vent,” Hester said.
The man, identified as Jonathan Adam Andrews, was stuck in the vent for several hours before being freed. But once he was removed from the vent, Hester said he was transported to Bladen County Hospital before being transferred to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington for treatment of frostbite and other injuries.
“When he was released from New Hanover Regional Medical Center on Friday, Jan. 31, the Wilmington Police Department had an officer serve the outstanding warrants on Andrews,” Hester said.
Andrews, who was charged with felony breaking and entering along with damage to real property, was released after posting a $10,000 secured bond.