‘Spider-Man Burglar’ Ransacks Columbia U.

Site Of Famed First Movie, Now Site Of Odd Crimes

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — A second-story man who is being dubbed the “Spider-Man Burglar” has hit several buildings at Columbia University.

And as CBS 2’s John Slattery reports, police have a photo of the man they believe has leaped into several offices on the campus.

The name for the thief is apropos; not only because a couple of scenes in the movie were filmed at Columbia, but also because it seems the burglar has used Spider-man agility in gaining entry to campus offices and classroom buildings.

Just like Spider-Man himself, it’s believed the nimble crook scales the sides of the buildings and then gets in through unlocked windows.

He first hit six weeks ago at Fayerweather Hall on Amsterdam, stealing a TV, a gym bag and a pen. Then, two weeks later during winter break, he scaled Schermerhorn Hall, grabbing a laptop from an office. At Pupin Hall, he broke a glass door but took nothing. And he smashed a door at Hamilton Hall.

“It’s very creative,” one man told Slattery.

“It’s a creative method of burglary. I’ll say that,” a woman added.

“It’s pretty interesting, especially how icy the sides of the buildings are right now,” another woman said.

Police are looking for a man in his 30s, 5-foot-10, who was seen wearing a dark coat and a hooded sweatshirt.

So, while he can leap tall buildings like caped crusader, police said he’s nothing more than a thief.

A spokesman for the university declined to be interviewed on the matter, saying the school doesn’t comment on police investigations.


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What do you think of the ‘Spider-Man Burglar?’ Think the cops will ever catch him? Tell us about it in the comments section below.

  • Stephanie

    Because then they feel like they can come and rob us, students, directly and harass us as they already do! Things are more serious than the tone of this article implies.

  • Willie Wu

    where is security at CU?

  • Mike

    Because clown, if someone is stealing things left and right they are likely inclined to commit all kinds of other crimes, some much more damaging than petty theft. Would love to see him burglarize your apartment and then you advocate “ignoring” him.

  • John Bowles

    Why is it that the idiots at the university can’t lock the windows?

  • Bill

    A pen, used old laptop and TV? Give me a break. So we spend thousands of dollars arresting this guy, thousands of dollars in court to sentence him, thousands of dollars keeping him in jail and thousands of dollars rehabilitating him later while on probobation. Why not just ignore him and let rich Columbia University pay for the expense themselves and hire better security?

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