Aussie burglar stuck on roof, rescued by police

Mon May 4, 2009 12:16am EDT
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SYDNEY (Reuters) - A man trying to rob a factory in Sydney got stuck on its slippery, steep roof in pouring rain, triggering a three-hour rescue operation by police and firefighters in the early hours of Sunday.

New South Wales state police said in a statement a rescue unit tried to reach the man, three storeys above ground, but it was too risky to climb onto the roof in the rain.

Firefighters then tried to get to the man with a ladder, but couldn't reach him. Another truck with a longer ladder was brought in while a police helicopter was used to light the area.

After his rescue the man was found to be carrying items including a helmet with a light, bolt cutters, a small ladder, backpack, tarpaulin, ropes and harnesses, police said.

The 53-year-old has been charged with an attempted break-in. He was refused bail.

(Reporting by Jonathan Standing; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)