New South Wales Police have charged a man with sabotaging telco infrastructure.
A 24-year-old Wollongong is alleged to have committed "30 offences relating to malicious damage to telecommunications infrastructure across the Illawarra and South West Sydney regions," Police said in a statement issued today.
The alleged offences took place in April, in Wollongong and south-western Sydney.
Police allege "the man cut the cabling within telecommunications infrastructure, which caused EFTPOS facilities in neighbouring commercial businesses to become immobilised.
"The man then made a number of fraudulent purchases while EFTPOS services were offline."
"The man was charged with 30 offences relating to these matters, including intentionally/recklessly destroy/damage property, tamper with facility owned by carrier to hinder operation and dishonestly obtain property by deception."
The matter will now move to Wollongong Local Court on 20 August 2019 and Police inquiries are continuing.