Police charge man over vending machine break-ins – North West Sydney

A man has been charged following an investigation into a series of alleged thefts at train stations across Sydney’s north-west.

Officers attached to the North/Central Sector of the Police Transport Command have been investigating multiple reports of thefts and damage caused to vending machines at train stations in West Ryde and Rhodes last year.

Following inquiries, police attended a house in Ryde and arrested a 48-year-old man just before 10am yesterday (Wednesday 5 February 2020).

He was taken to Ryde Police Station and charged with three counts of larceny and three counts of destroy or damage property.

It will be alleged in court that on Saturday 4 May 2019 and Wednesday 2 October 2019, a man allegedly broke into a vending machine at West Ryde Railway Station and stole items including earphones, adapters and sim cards.

It will be further alleged on Tuesday 18 June 2019 and Wednesday 29 October 2019 at Rhodes Railway Station, another vending machine selling electrical items was broken into, with cash stolen on one occasion.

The man was granted condition bail to appear before Burwood Local Court on Monday 17 February 2020.

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