'Not the first time': Teen charged over alleged busker theft

'Not the first time': Teen charged over alleged busker theft
A teenager has been charged with multiple offences after allegedly stealing money from a busker performing in Sydney’s CBD.
NSW Police today confirmed a 38-year-old busker was performing in Pitt Street Mall about 5.45pm yesterday when a man allegedly ran towards him and stole cash from an open guitar case.
A live-streamed video of the incident that was posted online by the musician, Martin Campos, shows the busker sitting on a stool and playing a guitar before jolting forward to run after the alleged offender.
A Sydney busker was live-streaming his performance in the Pitt Street Mall when he allegedly became the target of a runaway thief. (Facebook - Martin Campos)
Martin Campos, 38, was seen jolting from his stool to chase after the alleged offender. (Facebook - Martin Campos)
Authorities claim the busker was able to restrain the man until police attended the scene.
In the vision, the 38-year-old is also heard saying, ‘”look at this… It’s not the first time he’s stolen (from) me.”
An 18-year-old man who was restrained at the scene has since been charged over the alleged offence. (Facebook - Martin Campos)
The 18-year-old alleged thief was arrested at the scene and taken to Day Street Police Station, where he was charged with larceny and being in custody of suspected stolen goods.
The teenager, from Hillsdale, has been refused bail by police and will appear at Parramatta Bail Court later today.
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