Fleeing Burglar Plummets to death
A thief fell to his death Monday after a resident confronted him as he was breaking into her upper East Side apartment, police said.The would-be burglar was trying to slip into the sixth-floor apartment on E. 91st St. through a patio screen door when the woman called out - startling him, cops said.
He fled onto the roof of the six-story building and then tried to make his way onto the roof of the neighboring building, police sources said.
But as he was crossing over he fell down an air shaft about 10:20 a.m.
He died at the scene. Police did not immediately identify him, but he appeared to be in his 20s, cops said. "I heard this bang," said James Charles, 55, a maintenance worker in the building. He said he at first assumed an air conditioner had fallen from a window.
"I looked out the window and there was this guy," he said.
The three-foot-wide air shaft is covered with chicken wire, and the burglar may have tried to walk across it instead of jumping over it, one police source said.
"I think it's karma and stupidity," said Tiffany Spencer, 28, a jeweler who lives on the fifth floor. "It's survival of the fittest when you jump from building to building."