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Suspected burglar who died on the job had a heart attack

The 41-year-old Pontian man from Georgia who was pronounced dead on Sunday night after he was transferred unconscious to Larnaca general hospital by two of his friends died from a heart attack, state pathologist Eleni Antoniou said on Tuesday.

The man had reportedly drunk an energy drink and went into spasms before falling unconscious. He was taken to the hospital by two compatriots, aged 38 and 33, suspected of burglary as in their car hospital staff who rushed to assist the patient noticed a television, a safe and a large screwdriver and notified the police. Before the arrival of the police, the two men fled.

State pathologist Eleni Antoniou told the Cyprus News Agency that the 41-year-old’s death was caused by a heart attack and that tissue had been sent for toxicology tests.

The 38-year-old was arrested on Sunday following a police car chase near the hospital and was remanded for five days on Monday in connection with the illegal possession of property and break-in tools. Police found in his car only the large screwdriver.

The man had initially said there was no safe and television in his car but later admitted he had thrown the safe out of the car after leaving the hospital and that the 33-year-old had hid the television but that he doesn’t know where. Police are still searching for the 33-year-old.

During his remand hearing police told Larnaca court that the 38-year-old claimed that a person he did not know had driven the 33-year-old and the 41-year-old to his house, along with the safe and the television, and that he had agreed for them to put the items in his car as all three were to leave Larnaca.

He also said that the 41-year-old consumed an energy drink while he was in the car and started having spasms, so he drove him to the hospital.

According to reports, the safe, located by the police near the hospital, was empty.

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