The break-in took place at Bellevue Heights at 8 Tai Hang Drive. Photo: Google Maps

A 55-year-old Hong Kong man fell to his death with a bagful of burglary tools from scaffolding outside an apartment in Tai Hang in the eastern Mid-Levels on Saturday.

At around 10pm, the man, surnamed Pang, entered an apartment through a window on a lower floor of Bellevue Heights at 8 Tai Hang Drive. He had climbed up scaffolding from the ground floor, Oriental Daily reported.

A 32-year-old domestic helper was working alone in the kitchen when she heard an intruder in one of the apartment’s bedrooms. Her screams prompted the man to abandon the search for valuables and he escaped through the window.

The domestic helper immediately called police who arrived to find Pang lying on the ground floor of the block with serious injuries. He was sent to hospital where he was certified dead some time later.

Police found a face mask, a pair of gloves, a spanner, a hacksaw and a screwdriver in the man’s bag. Initial investigations indicated that the man slipped from the scaffolding due to wet weather.

The owner of the apartment did not report any property missing.

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