KUALA LUMPUR - A burglar thought he was in luck when he stumbled upon a house left unlocked - only to find out later that it belonged to the Tengku Mahkota of Pahang.
Mohd Faizan Mohamad, 34, was charged with committing burglary at the house belonging to Tengku Abdullah Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah at Lorong U-Thant between Feb 24 and 25.
He was charged with stealing air-conditioning units, chandeliers, copper bars and a water pump. Faizan admitted the burglary and pleaded guilty.
He was detained by police on Feb 27 after the person he sold the items to lodged a police report.
Faizan told magistrate Saifulakmar Said that he had entered the house because he thought it was empty.
"I didn't know the house belonged to the Tengku Mahkota. I needed the money to treat my ailing mother," he said. DPP Raihanah Abd Razak rejected the plea.
"That he entered the house because it was empty is not a valid reason. He had also sold all the items which could not be recovered," said Raihanah.
The magistrate sentenced him to seven months' jail.