TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A Florida man accused of burglary got himself into an “itchy situation” after authorities said he tried to hide from deputies by burying himself under a pile of insulation.
According to a Facebook post from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to a home burglary in progress on 4th Way in North Fort Myers.
There, deputies learned that a man entered the home but never left. As deputies searched the home, they heard footsteps coming from in the attic along with a five-gallon bucket and insulation debris on the floor.
After several failed attempts to order the man down, deputies used non-lethal gas to force him out.
“However, the suspect made a rash decision and refused to come down,” the sheriff’s office said in the post.
When that didn’t work, a K-9 unit was sent into the attic where deputies found the man, identified as 44-year-old Bruce Davis, buried in a pile of insulation. Deputies said Davis’ face was against an air duct system so he could breathe fresh air.
A search of the house revealed a broken window, appliances in use, and tools scattered throughout. Davis was charged with burglary and resisting an officer and booked in the “Marceno Motel,” the sheriff’s designation for the Lee County Jail.
Deputies said Davis has a lengthy criminal history which includes theft, and multiple drug charges.