A young teacher has told how she was too scared to sleep in her own apartment after waking up to an intruder trying to climb through her window.
Simone Wilkins, 28, who lived in the second-floor apartment on Bondi Beach in Sydney until earlier this month, was awakened on Monday September 11 at around 2.45am by a loud rustling in the tree outside her open window .
When she went to investigate, she was confronted with the silhouette of a man matching her own.
Police are currently investigating a series of similar break-ins involving young female victims in the upmarket Sydney suburb, who say a mysterious figure watched them sleep.
So far no forensic evidence has been found at any of the scenes, but Ms Wilkins hopes a pair of discarded black gloves she found outside her apartment could provide key clues to detectives.
“I saw the figure and I jumped up and slammed the window with such force that the glass was shattered,” Ms Wilkins told Daily Mail Australia.
“I screamed and ran out of the room. It was like a horror movie.
Simone Wilkins (photo), 28, who lived on the second floor of a short-term rental at Bondi Beach in Sydney until earlier this month, was awakened on Monday September 11 at around 2:45 a.m. by a loud rustling in the tree in front of her. Open window
Ms Wilkins said she was a “deep sleep” and the man had to make a lot of noise in the tree to wake her up.
“He watched me sleep,” she said.
“I know because he was there at the window, which was terrifying. I was just shaking – in complete shock.
Ms. Wilkin’s screams woke her roommate and they both hurriedly checked all the windows and locks in the apartment.
But the horror of the evening intensified when she shared her story on a local Facebook page to warn others – only to have two separate women send her a private message reporting similar frightening experiences.
“The burglaries happened exactly a week apart, at exactly the same time, between 2:30 and 3 a.m., which is bizarre,” Ms Wilkins said.
“We all live three to five minutes’ walk from each other. One of the girls lives near me.
Ms Wilkins (pictured) shared her story on a local Facebook page to warn others. But she was horrified when two other women came forward to say they had been confronted by an intruder trying to break into their home that evening.
Ms Wilkins claimed the other two women were too traumatized to talk about the incident for fear the intruder would strike again.
“They experienced the same thing I did, the same thing looking out the window,” she said.
“He actually walked into one of the girls’ apartments before she screamed and he ran away.”
Ms Wilkins, who works as a teacher, is now back home on the Gold Coast for the holidays.
However, she will not return to the apartment.
“I thought Bondi was safe, like I never had any worries at all,” she said.
“But I guess there are a lot of weirdos around.”
Pictured: An aerial view of North Bondi
Ms Wilkins (pictured) said she had a horrible feeling the man was watching her sleep.
Ms Wilkins stayed in the flat for several days after the incident, but was barely able to sleep for fear he would return.
“I just couldn’t look out the window without thinking of his silhouette,” she said.
“Until the day I left, I could neither open the window nor the blind.
“I would sometimes leave work early, come home and sleep during the day so I could stay awake at night. That’s how terrified I was.
Ms Wilkins said she noticed something strange in the days following the incident.
“I don’t know if I was paranoid or not, but a few days later, when I was walking down the street, I found a pair of black gloves thrown on the ground,” she said.
She took a photo and shared it with police.
Ms Wilkins said the other victim told her the police forensics unit found no fingerprints from the house the intruder broke into.
A NSW Police spokesperson said: “Officers attached to Eastern Suburbs Police Area Command have received a report and are investigating.
“Anyone with information or wishing to report an incident to police is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”