updated 12/13/2008 3:47:43 AM ET 2008-12-13T08:47:43

A burglar who broke into a house claims he was held captive by a "supernatural figure" for three days without food and water, officials said.

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Police official Abdul Marlik Hakim Johar told The Star newspaper the house's owners found the 36-year-old man fatigued and dehydrated when they returned from vacation Thursday.

He says they called an ambulance to take him to a hospital.

The man told police that every time he tried to escape, a "supernatural figure" shoved him to the ground.

Abdul Marlik could not immediately be reached and other police officials declined to comment.

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