Grungy clothes give away burglar who tried playing dead at Spanish funeral parlour

MADRID, Spain - A burglar who broke into a funeral home in Spain tried to fool police by playing dead, but two things gave him away.

First, he breathed. Second, he wore grungy clothes rather than the Sunday best generally favoured by those settling in for an eternal rest.

Police and the Crespo Funeral Home say they had no idea what the 23-year-old man was trying to steal in the March 17 break-in in Burjassot, a small town just outside Valencia.

Neighbours living nearby alerted police when they heard the front door of the business being forced open in the middle of the night.

Police officers arrived with the owner, and eventually found the suspect lying on a table in a glassed-in chamber used for viewings of deceased people during wakes.

"The custom here is for dead people to be dressed in suits, in nice clothes that look presentable," said a local police official. "This guy was in everyday clothes that were wrinkled and dirty."

"He was trying to fake being dead, but he was breathing," the officer added.

The suspect's name was not released, but police said had served jail time in the past for robbery.

The funeral home said it was mystified about what the man could have been after, because there were no valuables or cash inside the funeral parlour.

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