A 34-year-old mainlander dubbed as “Spiderman” was arrested after he was found scaling the wall of a residential block at Melody Garden in Tuen Mun in a series of burglary attempts early on Sunday, Apple Daily reported.
The man, surnamed Wei, who entered Hong Kong via a two-way travel permit, used the water pipes on the external wall to climb up the block on Saturday night.
By around 9 p.m., he sneaked into a flat on the 27th floor, but was not able to get anything.
The flat owner, surnamed Lo, called the police after hearing noises and finding out that the windows had been damaged.
Responding police officers did not immediately locate Wei as he had eased himself into another flat on the 26th floor around midnight.
The 22-year-old flat owner surnamed Yan said he saw a man lurking in the shadows when he returned home. Then he noticed his bedroom was locked.
Yan turned on the living room lights and waited. Suddenly, Wei stormed out of the room and the two stared at each other for about 10 seconds.
Yan asked him who he was, and the latter replied in Putonghua, “I give up!”
Then the man dashed into the kitchen. Yan heard a big bang. He called the police.
Police spent an hour hunting down Wei but failed to find him, until an Apple Daily reporter took heed of debris falling from height and discovered a man moving on the wall outside the 19th floor.
Police threw a spotlight to the wall and found Wei hanging on to waterpipes.
Wei, with the help of responding firemen, surrendered to the police after a 40-minute standoff.
He was charged with attempted burglary as the two flat owners did not find any missing items in their homes.
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