A suspected Roland Park burglar plummeted to his death from a third floor balcony after being spotted by the owner of the home he was apparently robbing, police said.

Police responded to a call for a burglary in progress on the 4500 block of Roland Avenue shortly after noon on Monday. Returning home, the resident had seen the man on the balcony at the back of his house, police said.

The 55-year-old suspected burglar attempted to slide over the balcony and down the outside of the house, but lost his footing and fell 26 feet onto a concrete walkway, police said.

Paramedics found the man unresponsive and rushed him to Sinai Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1:09 p.m., police said.

The home had been broken into and ransacked, according to police.

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