Willem Dafoe's home in Rome, Italy has been burgled in a co-ordinated raid in which thieves allegedly used sophisticated climbing gear to break into the penthouse apartment.

The Spider-Man star was not home at the time of the Sunday night break-in at the home he shares with his Italian wife Giada Colagrande.

A neighbor was alerted to the burglary by the building's alarm, which was allegedly triggered after the gang lowered themselves from the roof and into Dafoe's top-floor property using ropes and mountain-climbing equipment, according to the New York Post's Page Six column.

A Rome police representative tells the publication items stolen included jewelry, but "we are waiting for the owner to return to draw up a full list."

Dafoe is currently in New Mexico filming upcoming movie Odd Thomas.

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