Police charge man after rooftop stand-off at Penrith

A man has been charged following a stand-off with police after climbing onto the roof of a Penrith shop overnight.

About 7.30pm (Sunday 21 June 2020), police were called to a pizza shop on High Street following reports of a break and enter.

Officers from Penrith Police Transport Command attended and found a man on the roof of the building.

He refused to come down and with the assistance of specialist police resources communication was established with the man who walked along the rooftops and awnings of adjoining businesses.

Police gained access to the rooftop and arrested the 26-year-old man just after 9pm.

He was taken to Penrith Police Station and charged with in house destroy property and break out, possess housebreaking implements, destroy or damage property, and resist officer in execution of duty.

Police will allege in court that the man entered the rear of the building before gaining access to an upstairs storage area and breaking out through a window to access the roof.

The Cranebrook man was granted conditional bail to appear in Penrith Local Court on Tuesday 11 August 2020.

High and Station Streets were closed for approximately one hour during the police operation.

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