Man gets caught in ventilation shaft during attempted robbery (VIDEO)

Burglar Timothy Cipriani

Timothy Cipriani is in the running for the worst burglar ever after police found him stuck inside a ventilation system at a pizza parlor in New York during an attempted robbery.

Rotterdam police arrested a grease-covered Cipriani after responding to the scene of an alarm call in the early hours of Friday morning at Paesan’s Pizza on Guilderland Avenue. The 46-year-old from Schenectady was found lodged inside a metal ventilation shaft moaning and crying for help with his leg dangling down. Fire officials had to free him from the vent directly above a hot oil fat fryer in the kitchen area.

Cipriani was booked on charges of burglary, criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools. Records show he has served five previous prison stints for burglary or attempted burglary dating back to 1992. Here’s a video report from News 10.