For about three months a homeowner in Kunshan, Jiangsu province, wondered why money kept disappearing from his house — his family denied taking it and there were no signs of forced entry.
It wasn’t until he was locked out of his own home that he discovered the answer was right under his roof, Modern Express reported Monday.
Police were called to the residence after the owner reported that he thought someone was inside. They opened the door to find a homeless man from Jiangxi province and the hole in the ceiling he had used to gain access to the home’s attic, a hideout he had used for as long as three months.
The man had stumbled across the hole in March and had even used it to slip into the home next door, the report said.
Having found such a cosy spot, the thief stayed on, taking money from the homeowner from time to time when he needed it. He pocketed more than 2,000 yuan (US$320) in all and also cooked for himself in the kitchen when he was hungry.
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