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Chinese ‘burglar’ caught sleeping in bed after breaking into home

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 June, 2017, 3:42pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 June, 2017, 3:42pm

A suspected burglar was arrested in central China after he was found asleep in bed at a house he had broken into, according to a newspaper report.

The man was caught after the farmer who owns the house in Huanggang in Hubei province came home on Wednesday last week, the Chutian Metropolis Daily reported.

The suspect was quoted as telling the police he was not a thief, but had walked through the open door and climbed into the bed as he felt sleepy.

Police said the man sneaked into the house, but failed to find any cash or valuables.

He was hungry and tired and hit by a sudden surge of sleepiness, police were quoted as saying.

The man, who was not named in the report, said he had left home after a quarrel with his family in February and had wandered from one county to another, stealing food and other items to survive. He said he was still wearing his winter clothes, even though it was summer.

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The farmer’s family said the suspect was still asleep when they returned last Wednesday.

They pulled off the blanket and found he was fully dressed, although his clothes were filthy, the report said.

He attempted to leave, but the farmer bolted the door and called their neighbours for help.

The police investigation is continuing, the article said.