A trespassing teen was trapped in the vault of an abandoned bank for hours before being rescued Wednesday in Hollywood, Florida.
Hollywood Police Department officials say the 17-year-old was apparently “exploring” the vacant Bank of America building with a pal when he managed to get stuck inside the airtight 14-by-14-foot vault, the Associated Press reports.
Armed with a cellphone, the teen’s bank-busting buddy called 911. A few hours later — thanks to some tax-payer dollars — his friend was finally freed when fire fighters managed to track down a secret code to crack the vault.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office Technical Rescue Team initially contacted vault manufacturers for advice on how to dismantle the two-foot-thick steel door, according to CBS Miami. In the end, it was trusty former bank employees who saved the day with the digits.
No charges were filed — and the smiling teen’s only comment was “we got trapped” as he hopped into the back seat of a waiting car.
“We’re told teen’s family was angry but happy he was freed,” CBS Miami reporter Carey Codd tweeted.