Graverobber found dead in French cemetery

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A French robber was found dead in a graveyard in the southwestern Dordogne region

Perigueux - A French robber was found dead in a graveyard in the southwestern Dordogne region, struck by a heart attack as he chiselled religious symbols off a tombstone, officials said on Friday.

The 54-year-old was found last week in a cemetery in the town of Valeuil, said local mayor Pascal Mazouaud.

"A woman from the village spotted the body of a man lying on the ground, and next to it a small ladder, a hammer and chisel," Mazouaud said. "He was busy stripping off tombstones in the summer heat."

Called to the scene, a doctor concluded the man, who came from the Bordeaux region further west, had suffered a heart attack. Police found his car full of an assortment of objects, whose origin they were trying to trace.

AFP / Expatica

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