A man has faced court today for allegedly scaling dozens of high-rise buildings in Queensland, Australia and slipping through unlocked balcony doors.
The 32-year-old man was arrested over the weekend after police investigated more than 40 burglaries over the past two months.
The man allegedly scaled a bunch of high-rise complexes in the Gold Coast, a picturesque city on Australia’s east coast, and used unlocked balcony doors to easily grab things at night.
It’s believed he jumped across to other balconies if the door was locked.
“He earned the nickname ‘Spider-Man’,” Detective Inspector Marc Hogan said in a press conference on Tuesday.
“I guess it’s because his way of doing things was getting into units by the outside, scaling floors, so (the nickname) makes sense.”
“It was pretty dangerous, I can say, a lot of these things I wouldn’t be hanging off. I would be very reluctant to do that.”
The Gold Coast in Australia.Getty Images
Police allege that the thief stole cash, wallets and other personal items and bought a handful of things using stolen credit cards.
Victims who saw the high rise bandit told officers they saw him climbing like Spider-Man up and down the buildings.
One victim told police they saw the man hurl himself over the balcony of a 24-story apartment when he was caught in a late-night robbery.
“He said to the person ‘sorry’ and ran and jumped over the balcony and that was about 23 or 24 stories up,” Detective Acting Sergeant Matt Damro told the Gold Coast Bulletin.
“They actually saw him go over. Whether he’s just grabbing onto the railing and dropping onto the next one and grabbing it, we’re not sure. If you missed it, you’re in trouble.”
Damro said the alleged robber was “only taking things he could carry,” leaving larger items such as televisions and furniture.
The arrest was made in the Gold Coast suburb of Miami over the weekend.
The man has been charged with 49 counts of burglary, 16 counts of fraud, two counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, one count of stealing and one of entering a premise.
He is due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court this morning.