Two plumbers called to a job at an out-of-town millionaire’s home were shocked to find a group of men had broken into the mansion and turned it into their party pad.
Five men aged in their 20s had been squatting in the opulent $6million Bellevue Hill house in Sydney’s affluent eastern suburbs for up to three weeks.
But the group’s antics were brought to a screeching halt on Tuesday morning, when plumbers paid to perform prearranged maintenance caught them in the act.
Strewn across the opulent five bedrooms, three bathrooms and backyard pool was evidence of raucous parties including booze and drug paraphernalia.
In one room lay a bong used for smoking cannabis and a rolled up Argentine peso, while dozens of cigarette filters were scattered across the floor of another room.
Two plumbers have caught five squatters who turned an out-of-town millionaire’s mansion into a party pad
The plumber said the house was a mess when he walked in on Tuesday, with booze and knives strewn across the living room
Ben from Twin Plumbing was one of the two who caught the squatters.
He told Daily Mail Australia the scene inside the house was ‘really full on’.
‘I was confronted with some pretty heavy stuff at work today,’ he said.
‘I walked into a job that was supposed to be an empty house and there were five guys with knives, how do you think I felt? They were all really big guys too.’
He says two of the men were sleeping and another two were sitting on the living room floor when he first entered the home.
The pair tried to convince him they knew the owners of the home, claiming they were friends with a ‘Mr Smith’.
But Ben told the group the mansion’s current owner was travelling in Hong Kong and had an entirely different surname.
He suspects they learnt the previous owner’s name by going through the mail, although property records reveal the home hasn’t been owned by the Smith family since 2017.
Ben from Twin Plumbing said knives not belonging to the owner were all over the house
The five-bedroom harbourside mansion is worth upwards of $6million (pictured)
Ben described the men as ‘cocky’, telling them that if they really knew the owner they wouldn’t mind him sending a photo of them to him.
But when he pulled out his phone and photographed them, they all ran in different directions, most without shoes on.
Ben and his brother chased after one of the men who broke off from the rest of the pack but quickly lost track of him.
He described the man’s erratic running as ‘like an alien or something’.
When he returned to the home it became apparent the squatters had been living inside for some time.
The bedrooms were all a mess and food was littered throughout the home.
One of the five men was caught by police and charged with trespassing. Pictured is some of the mess left inside the home
Forensic police spent the afternoon scouring the home and seizing evidence (pictured)
A police helicopter was deployed to search for the men, with one caught nearby and taken to Waverley Police Station for questioning.
The man, aged 20 and from Vaucluse, was charged with trespassing, a New South Wales Police spokeswoman confirmed.
He was granted bail to appear at Downing Centre Court on April 12.
Forensic police spent Tuesday afternoon scouring the home and seizing evidence, with investigations continuing.
The men had been squatting in the home for up to three weeks, with the owner in Hong Kong
In one room there were dozens of cigarette filters left discarded across a cabinet next to an empty packet
Police arrested one man, 20, and charged him with trespassing