Prowl, interrupted: Burglar calls cops upon finding corpse

A burglar who bumped into a body while robbing a house called the police. Credit: Metro Archives
A burglar who bumped into a body while robbing a house in Hamilton, New Zealand, called the police and turned himself in.
Credit: Metro Archives

It’s bound to become an amazing anecdote about things that go bump in the night.

A criminal, while in the middle of robbing a house in Hamilton, New Zealand, in the early morning on June 19, was trespassing in the darkness when he suddenly stumbled into an unexpected shape. It turned out to be the body of a hanging victim, still strung from the ceiling.

The New Zealand Herald reported that the “terrified” robber then promptly dialed the police, and waited for them to arrive. Cops speculate that he may have turned himself in for the robbery to avoid any potential affiliation with the death. However, his screams had already alerted the neighbors that something was amiss.

“I’m hopeful that this may be a career-changing moment for that burglar. I dare say for the burglar — if we remove the criminality of what he was doing — it would be really shocking,” said the city’s commander inspector, who recounts that he’d seen nothing like this “unusual incident” in his 28 years on the force.

As if recounting an allegorical cautionary tale, rather than a real-life crime that recently took place, he added: “Can you imagine what that would be like in the dark?”

Both the robbery and the hanging are currently being investigated by Hamilton, New Zealand, police.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Monday is the deadline to register for Pennsylvania…

If residents want to vote in the May primary, which includes a vote for a new City Council member, today is the deadline to register.

National

Miss America thinks school should reconsider discipline of…

A Pa. student was suspended for asking Miss America to prom.

Local

Aria Health Torresdale workers caught selling prescription drugs

Two Aria Health at Torresdale employees were fired amid accusations they sold prescription drugs out of the Northeast Philadelphia campus.

National

Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter died Sunday from prostate cancer…

Former U.S. professional boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, who spent 19 years in prison for murder and then was released after it was determined he did not get a fair trial,…

Television

‘Mad Men’ recap: Season 7, Episode 2, ‘A…

Peggy and Lou are horrible, Bert's racist, Don is honest(ish) and Roger and Pete are frustrated. "A Day's Work" not quite worthy of "This Will Be Our Year."

Television

'Game of Thrones' recap: Season 4, Episode 3,…

The problem with the devil you know is that ignoring them doesn’t mean they simply lie in wait. It allows them time to do things…

Television

Discovery cancels 'Everest Jump Live' special in wake…

The Discovery Channel has indicated it will not be moving forward with "Everest Jump Live," a planned special about mountain climber Joby Ogwyn's effort to…

The Word

'X-Men' director Bryan Singer drama continues

  News broke late last week that "X-Men" and "The Usual Suspects" director Bryan Singer is being sued by a man who said Singer molested…

NHL

Ray Emery steps up in Flyers’ Game 2…

Sure, he allowed two goals in the Rangers’ first four shots Sunday afternoon, but it’s about how you start, not how you finish.

NHL

Flyers come from behind, even series with Rangers

The Flyers overcame a two-goal deficit to get a much-needed win at Madison Square Garden Sunday.

MLB

Phillies get set for four against the Dodgers

The Phillies will face tough starting pitching out west against the Dodgers this week.

MLB

Phillies notebook: Cole Hamels returns this week

The Phillies should receive a big boost when Cole Hamels returns during the Dodgers series.

Travel

Packing: The one thing you need in your…

A new survey that looks at the travel habits of 50,000 people around the world has revealed that Western and Asian globetrotters have different priorities…

Home

Is your chair making it hard to talk?

Ever wished there was an office chair that could make impromptu meetings and discussions more private? The Cristiana Wing Chair is an asymmetrical armchair which…

Travel

Live large at these luxury hotels

From Thai boxing lessons and macabre Dracula tours to the Australian Outback, the Four Seasons hotel chain launched a series of new travel packages this…

Parenting

4 things that every summer camp should have

Alan Saltz, director of the 92nd street Y program lists things that every summer camp should have.