On the evening of March 26, someone notified the authorities about their suspicion that someone had broken into a house in Fort Meyers.
Deputies with the Lee County Sheriff’s Department went to the reported address, and when they arrived, they believed they heard noises coming from the attic level.
While looking around, the deputies reportedly discovered that one of the windows had been broken, and several tools were laying around. They also saw appliances that looked like they were being used.
The floor underneath the crawlspace to enter the attic was reportedly littered with insulation debris. The authorities believed the suspect was hiding somewhere in the attic.
According to reports, the deputies told the person to come downstairs and talk to them, but they remained in the attic. Non-lethal gas was deployed to try to get the man to come out, but it was unsuccessful.
Since he reportedly would not come out on his own, deputies accompanied by a K9 officer went into the attic to get him.
It was reported that the man was found underneath a pile of insulation, and his face was pressed up against air ducting so that he was able to breathe.
The man was placed under arrest and booked into the Lee County Jail. He may face charges of burglary of a dwelling or structure causing damage over $1,000 and resisting/obstructing an officer without violence.
At this time, he is being held in lieu of a $31,500 surety bond, and he is scheduled to appear in court on April 24.
If you or someone you love is suspected of a theft offense, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.