A man is behind bars after he allegedly cut cables to EFTPOS machines across Sydney and the Illawarra region so he could make fraudulent purchases.
The 24-year-old from Wollongong was arrested on Tuesday and charged with 30 offences, including tampering with a facility owned by a carrier to hinder operation and dishonestly obtaining property by deception.
Police allege he cut the cabling within "telecommunications infrastructure" which disabled EFTPOS facilities in nearby businesses.
"The man then made a number of fraudulent purchases while EFTPOS services were offline," NSW Police said in a statement on Thursday.
The man was refused bail to appear at Wollongong Local Court on August 20.
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