National 17.8.2016 03:03 pm

KZN trespasser falls from roof

The alleged thief was severely injured and was transported to hospital under police supervision. Picture: Marshall Security.

The alleged thief was severely injured and was transported to hospital under police supervision. Picture: Marshall Security.

The injured ‘thief’ crawled to the gate and flagged down a security vehicle for help.

A clumsy KZN trespasser fell off the roof of a business he was allegedly trying to break into on Beechfield Crescent in Springfield Park, in the north of Durban, on Wednesday, reports the Northglen News.

According to Marshall Security’s Kyle van Reenen, the suspected thief, who was seen trespassing yesterday, admitted he was stuck on the roof for 24 hours. The incident occurred on Beechfield Crescent in Springfield Park in the north of Durban.

In his attempt to get down from the building, the thief tied his jacket around a chimney and attempted to climb down, but he slipped and fell. He crawled to the gate of the business complex and flagged down a passing Marshall Security vehicle.

“One of our patrols cars was driving around when he was flagged down by a man lying prostate on the floor waving his hands frequently. It was later discovered the thief was trespassing on Tuesday and in an effort to hide himself, climbed up to the roof. He was stuck there for 24 hours and tried to escape this morning by tying the jacket to one of the roof chimneys,” said Van Reenen.

“He fell approximately five floors and was seriously injured. He then crawled to the gate and was unable to stand up. A ambulance was called for assistance and the man was escorted to hospital under police supervision.”

The incident comes a month after a Gateway shoplifter’s attempt to escape mall security also ended in disaster. He jumped off a first floor balcony breaking his leg in the process.

Caxton News Service

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