KUALA LUMPUR: A cat burglar gambled with his “nine lives” when he tried to leap from one balcony to another at the ninth floor of a condominium block near Desa Petaling, Cheras.
He crashed onto a parked Perodua Alza at the bottom of the block, suffering multiple injuries to the head and body in the 4pm incident on Monday.
He died at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre just before midnight the same day.
Cheras OCPD Asst Comm Mohan Singh said police sped to the scene when they were alerted of the incident at around 4.40pm.
“We found the man lying on top of the damaged car when we arrived,” he told a press conference at the Cheras police headquarters yesterday.
Police retrieved a sling bag from the suspect and, upon inspection, found tools believed to be used for house break-ins.
“Investigations showed the suspect had climbed into an apartment unit on the ninth floor through the balcony of an adjacent unit that was vacant,” he added.
“Further investigations revealed the burglar tried to make a quick escape when he heard the owner returning home,” said ACP Mohan.
The burglar had apparently tried to leap back into the balcony of the neighbouring apartment unit but missed his footing and plunged nine floors into the parked car.
Meanwhile, the police detained a 40-year-old man and found in the Proton Waja he was driving a bag of tools believed to be used to steal cars, as well as two swords, a cap with a police emblem and various drug-related items.
The man was carrying a couple and their twin daughters when police stopped the car along the Kesas Highway at around 12.40am on Feb 20.
The car was reported stolen in Subang Jaya early this year.
The driver was remanded while the family was released after being questioned and found to be an innocent party, said ACP Mohan.