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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – There is new information regarding a teenager that was trapped in an abandoned bank vault earlier this week.

Police have released a 911 call that was made after the 17-year-old boy became locked inside a vault of an abandoned Bank of America in Hollywood.

According to police, two juveniles entered the private property through a gap in a closed gate and then entered the abandoned bank despite several ‘No Trespassing’ signs posted along the fence.

After entering the building, one of the two teens entered the vault and began touching buttons on the walls when the door closed, locking him in.  The second teen then called 911.

LISTEN TO THE CALL HERE

 

Local fire rescue and a team from a local sheriff’s office unsuccessfully tried to break through the steel vault door to help free the teen.

After several hours, the vault door was eventually opened by a worker from the bank’s new branch across the street. That worker remembered the code and was able to open the vault’s massive door.

The teen was seen leaving the building unhurt.

The 911 call shows some panic as the 15-year-old friend called in about his friend being trapped inside the vault.

“Me and my friend are in an abandoned bank and the vault closed on him and he’s locked in here,” he said.

“How’s he doing?” Asked the 911 operator.

“He’s panicking,” he said.

“How old is he?” Asked the dispatcher.

“Seventeen,” he said.

“Who old are you?” She asked.

“Fifteen,” he said. “The street is on Hollywood Boulevard. He’s been in the vault for 5 minutes.”

The you hear the 15-year-old tell out to his friend, “Stop crying Bro. They are coming.”

He then shouts out, “We are going to get you out of there. They are coming. I’m pretty sure the combination works. I just don’t know how to put it in.”

He then says, “My first priority is getting you out. We’re going to get you out ok?”

The owner of the property, who was in Dallas, Texas at the time of the incident, said they were willing to press trespassing charges.

In Broward County, trespassing in a conveyance or structure is a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Depending on the circumstances, the charge may enhanced to a first-degree misdemeanor which is punishable up to 365 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The 17-year-old youngster was charged with misdemeanor Tresspassing and will be on home detention for 21 days.

His 15-year-old friend has not been charged.

Peter D'Oench

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