Police: Burglar used sledgehammer for break-in

Published: Monday, January 12, 2009 at 8:52 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 12, 2009 at 8:52 a.m.

Loud sounds coming from a local tavern alerted Gainesville police to a burglary in progress early Monday.

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Michael A. Hall, 19.

Alachua County Sheriff's Office

Officers found Michael A. Hall, 19, of Waldo, trying to break into JR’s Lounge, 4401 NW 6th St., with a sledgehammer, said Gainesville Police Lt. Steve Weaver.

A person contacted police about “loud banging” coming from behind the business at about 3 a.m., Weaver said. Officers discovered Hall, wearing gloves and a homemade stocking mask, inside a wooden fence at the business and carrying a sledgehammer and a carpenter’s hammer. Hall had been pounding at plywood siding near a door to the business, trying to get inside.

Police detained Hall and, after interviewing him, said the man admitted he was trying to get inside the lounge to steal the business’ cash register.

Hall was arrested on charges of burglary of a business, possession of burglary tools and criminal mischief, Alachua County jail records showed. He was being held at the facility without bond.

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