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Would-be burglar foiled after injury at El Cortez condos, police say

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Posted at 12:29 PM, Jun 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-16 19:30:43-04

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man who claimed to be a maintenance worker after injuring himself Saturday morning at the El Cortez condominiums in downtown San Diego was actually a would-be burglar, police said.

Officers responded to a report of a man falling off a roof at the historic hotel at 8:13 a.m., and found a man with a bleeding leg on the 12th floor, according to Officer Steve Bourasa of the San Diego Police Department.

The man was treated for his injury -- described as non-life- threatening -- and was taken to a hospital, but police became suspicious of his explanation for being at the hotel, Bourasa said.

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After speaking with maintenance staff at El Cortez, officers determined the man was in fact not employed there, and believe he was trying to gain access to a unit on the floor where he was found.

Police are investigating the incident as an attempted burglary, Bourasa said.