Bust in prolific high-end 'Spiderman' burglary case

This was among hundreds of stolen goods recovered by police in their Project Spiderman...

This was among hundreds of stolen goods recovered by police in their Project Spiderman investigation. (Toronto Police handout)

Chris Doucette, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:10 PM ET

TORONTO -- By day, Shane Gagnon is a wealthy, married father of two young kids and a prospective restaurateur.

But Toronto Police allege the 43-year-old Bradford, Ont., man spent many nights over the last several years operating as possibly the most amazing break-and-enter artist the GTA has ever seen.

"(It's alleged) Mr. Gagnon had the physical ability, he prepared himself and obviously he had the equipment to commit these offences," Det.-Sgt. Savas Kyriacou said Thursday, as he revealed details of an investigation dubbed Project Spiderman.

"He's probably the mostly sophisticated, prolific (burglar) we've ever seen," Kyriacou alleged.

He and other police officers across the city and up in York Region have spent months hunting a burglar they believed could be responsible for more than 100 break-ins dating back to October 2010, mostly committed in upscale neighbourhoods.

The burglaries had many similarities and were anything but ordinary, Kyriacou explained.


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