|Thorvald Alexander dressed as the Norse god Thor|
Photo: Kent News and Pictures Ltd.
Torvald Alexander, a construction firm manager who stands at 6 feet tall, was wearing a red cape and the thunder god's silver-winged helmet when he spotted the raider in his front room rifling through a desk.
He said he acted instinctively to chase the intruder away before the burglar threw himself out of a first floor window of his home in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Mr Alexander said: "As soon as he saw me his eyes went wide with terror.
"He looked like he had had a few drinks and decided to do a late night break in, but he hadn't counted on the God of Thunder living here."
"I think if I had had Thor's hammer with me I might have scared him to death."
Norse legend Thor has a magical hammer, called Mjolnir, which returns to him after knocking out his enemies foe magically returns to the superhero. It can also throw lightning bolts at enemies.
Mr Alexander, who made his costume himself by using large quantities of tinfoil, said that the burglar had not managed to steal anything, but had left his shoes and the garden fork he used to break in.
He said: "He had obviously taken off his shoes to creep about in silence, but when he saw me he just jumped out of the window in his socks.
"It will make him think again before breaking into other people's homes. Hopefully it's taught him a lesson."
Mr Alexander said shoes will be turned over to police to help them attempt to identify a suspect.
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