A burglar beat a hasty retreat after trying in vain to break open a ‘hundi’ in Veerabrahmam temple in Srinivasapuram of Uppal in the early hours of Tuesday. The intruder broke open the lock on the gate and on entering the hall, he tried to break open the Hundi. However, some Ayyappa devotees who were sleeping on the temple premises woke up following which the miscreant fled.