Man dies while robbing home after falling down the stairs (video)

Robert Edward Powell 
By: Feng Qian 

(Scroll down for video) A burglar met his shocking end during a home invasion.

The thief was found dead inside a house on Thursday, after falling down a flight of stairs.

The house was empty and under construction when a painter came to work Thursday morning. Once inside, he found broken glass and signs of forced entry.

The painter immediately called the homeowner, who called 911. Police arrived at the house shortly thereafter.

There, at the foot of the basement stairs, police found the lifeless body of 52-year-old Robert Edward Powell.

Thieves often target empty houses because there are often high value appliances and copper inside. The house had no video recording equipment, but had a lot of copper. This seems to be the element Powell had been after as some of the copper was found in his back pocket.

The official cause of death has not been released, but investigators said that there was no sign of anyone else inside the house and are quite confident that Powell just died from injuries sustained during his fall on the stairs.

"It's an unfortunate accident that occurred during the commission of a crime," police officer Tony Ivey said.

Ivey said that while he was happy Powell's death was not the result of random violence, he still feels bad for the family of the victim.