Ernesto Sabato's home burglarized

Argentinean writer, 97, not home during break-in

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Two thieves broke into the house of Argentina's most famous living writer Ernesto Sabato, allegedly stealing a cell phone, a painting and a framed copy of the cover of his 1998 autobiography "Before the End."

The daily newspaper La Nacion said the young men fled after Sabato's housekeeper discovered them and screamed. Sabato, 97, was not there at the time.

Along with Jorge Luis Borges, who died in 1986, Sabato is considered one of Argentina's top writers. His classics include "The Tunnel," "The Angel of Darkness" and "On Heroes and Tombs."