A man remains in police custody after being charged over a vandalism spree at Manly.

Just before 5.00am this morning (Monday, 30 October), NSW Police began receiving reports of alarms being triggered in shops at Manly, from The Corso, Sydney Road, and Pittwater Road.

The trail of damage appeared to be caused by a person smashing the windows of shopfronts and cars with a hammer. A number of shops and vehicles along the route between The Corso and Pittwater Road, Manly, to Allambie Road, Allambie Heights, had their windows shattered.

NSW Police at Manly Corso

Reports of the vandalism spree began at The Corso, Manly, just before 5.00am, with shop alarms being triggered, including Belle Property, and ANZ Bank Manly Branch. Multiple bank ATM screens were also smashed including the ANZ, St George, Westpac, NAB, and Commonwealth Bank.

Damage was also found along Sydney Road, including King of the Pack tobacconist and Tula Baba Baby Boutique. The rampage impacted shopfronts at Pittwater Road, including Love Isabel Jewellery and the BP Service Station at Manly.

Reports of deliberate and malicious damage came in through the morning. A trail of destruction of car windows was reported along Pittwater Road. Reports were also made of bus shelters, cars and shopfronts smashed at Allambie Road, Allambie Heights.

Officers attached to Northern Beaches Police Area Command who were patrolling the area located a 39-year-old man at Manly Wharf. He was arrested and during a search, officers allegedly located a hammer in his possession.

Manly Police Station

The man was taken to Manly Police Station as police conducted their inquiries. They found approximately 20 ATMs along with the windows of 30 vehicles and 30 businesses had allegedly been destroyed across the area.

The Frenchs Forest man was charged with 39 offences, including 34 counts of destroy or damage property, three counts of aggravated break and enter with intent, and two counts of aggravated enter dwelling with intent while armed.

He was refused bail to appear at Manly Local Court tomorrow (Tuesday, 31 October 2023). Investigations are continuing.

Nine News showed video footage of the man’s alleged rampage caught on security camera.

Images: Northern Beaches Advocate (file)
Video: Nine News

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NSW Police are seeking public assistance in relation to this matter. If you have any information that may assist them with their inquiries, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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