It took nearly two hours for Macon police to remove a burglary suspect from his hiding place under a floor Thursday in the 500 block of Richmond Street.
Police officers on routine patrol noticed a suspicious car parked under a carport and later realized the house was being burglarized, according to a news release.
With the help of additional officers, police surrounded the house and searched inside. Although officers didn’t find anyone, they found a small hole in a wall and heard faint breathing and movement under the house, according to the release.
Officers then removed several floorboards and found 49-year-old Bernard Cheeley.
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Cheeley, of Dixie Avenue, complained of chest pains and was taken to a local hospital where he was examined and released, according to police.
He is being held at the Bibb County jail.
Cheeley previously has been arrested 25 times dating back to 1985, according to police.