Burglar caught while playing dead

A burglar who broke into a funeral parlor in Spain tried to fool police by playing dead.

But he was caught out when police spotted his scruffy clothes – and then noticed he was breathing.

Police and the Crespo Funeral Home said they had no idea what the 23-year-old man was trying to steal.

Neighbors of the business, in Burjassot, near Valencia, alerted police when they heard the door being forced in the middle of the night.

Police officers arrived with the owner, and eventually found the suspect lying on a table in a chamber used for viewing dead people during wakes.

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

“He was trying to fake being dead, but he was breathing.”

The funeral home said it was mystified as to what the man wanted, as there were no valuables or cash in the funeral parlour.

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