Kochi: A burglar was full of remorse after "mistakenly" targeting a retired military officer's residence here that he wrote an apology on the wall, quoting a Biblical commandment. The incident occurred on Tuesday night.
The police, however, were not amused and have launched a search for him. Police claimed nothing was found missing.
"Had I come to know that it was a military personnel's house, I would not have targeted it," he wrote, expressing his respect for the Indian military.
"I didn't know it was an Army man's residence. I came to know only in the last moment when I saw the military cap. Apologies!" the thief wrote on the wall using a marker, said a police officer.
The retired colonel and his family is out of station for the past two-and-a-half months. A woman engaged by the family to clean the premises of the house at Thiruvankulam near Thrippunithura found the doors broken open on Wednesday morning and alerted police.
"I violated the seventh commandment...," a reference to the Biblical commandment.
"Thou shalt not steal" was another phrase etched on the wall, police said.
The burglar had earlier struck a shop in the neighbourhood. Police said they were investigating if more people were involved in the break-ins.