A Malaysian family was shocked to return home to find their house ransacked and a thief snoozing on the couch with his haul, reports said Sunday.
The burglar remained fast asleep surrounded by watches and jewelry worth 10,000 ringgit ($3,220) as the family returned to their house in the northern state of Penang -- but the man managed to escape when police arrived.
He was arrested nearby after police gave chase.
"They were shocked to find the living room in a mess and a car belonging to the suspect parked in front of the house. When his wife went up the upper floor to check the bedrooms, she was surprised to find a stranger taking a nap in her son's room," Georgetown district police chief Gan Kong Meng was quoted as saying by The Star newspaper, adding that the family immediately alerted the police.
Gan told the New Straits Times newspaper that the 42-year-old thief tested positive for drugs and had 14 previous convictions for criminal and drug-related cases.
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