SPARTANBURG, S.C. - A burglar was found dead inside a home on Thursday, after having fallen down a flight of stairs.
The home was empty and undergoing renovations when a painter arrived to work Thursday morning. Once inside he found broken glass and signs of a break-in.
The painter decided he would check out the vacant house by himself and see if he could find the person(s) responsible. Just kidding, this painter isn’t a moron. He immediately backed the hell out and called the homeowner, who then called 911.
Police arrived at the home shortly after and performed a sweep inside. There, at the foot of the basement stairs, they found the dead body of 52-year-old Robert Edward Powell.
Burglars often target vacant homes like this because often there are appliances, fixtures or copper to be had. This home did not have any appliances or fixtures, but it did have copper. This looks like the item Powell had been after as some of it was found in the dead man’s back pocket.
An official cause of death has not been released, but investigators say there were no signs of anyone else being inside the home and are pretty confident that Powell simply died from injuries suffered from his tumble into the basement.
“It’s an unfortunate accident that happened during the commission of a crime,” said Lt. Tony Ivey.
Ivey stated that while he was glad Powell’s death was not the result of random violence, he still feels bad for the victim’s family.Tags: Accident, Burglary, Crime, Fall, Robert Edward Powell, South Carolina, stairs