Burglar found sleeping on the job

February 4, 2008 4:31:10 AM PST
There was no fairy tale ending for a Malaysian man who copied Goldilocks.

The man broke into an empty house in northeastern Malaysia, helped himself to cookies in the kitchen and then went to sleep in a child's bedroom, where he was discovered when the family returned home after a shopping trip, police and news reports said Monday.

The man, who later tested positive for drugs, woke up only when roused by police officers, who were summoned by the shocked family in the northeastern state of Terengganu late Saturday, state crime investigation chief Mohamad Hazam Abdul Halim said.

"Because of the drugs, he fell asleep. Unfortunate for him," Mohamad Hazam told The Associated Press.

House owner V. Sathya said the intruder was discovered by his 9-year-old son who ran out shouting - in a scene reminiscent of the "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" fairy tale.

"Even then the burglar did not wake up and carried on sleeping while holding on to one of my wife's purses," he told The Star newspaper.

Mohamad Hazam said the intruder was arrested for alleged trespassing because the family reported nothing missing except the cookies.

"I guess my wife's cookies were just too irresistible for him ... the rogue ate everything," Sathya was quoted as saying.