A Shepparton man, 28, who allegedly caused tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage to vehicles in the Shepparton central business district at the weekend told police he did it because he was ‘‘having a bad day’’.
The man, who police said was coming down off methamphetamines, was arrested about 6.30am on Monday and appeared before Shepparton Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Police charged the man with 15 counts of criminal damage, bail offences, theft, handling stolen goods and other driving-related matters.
Shepparton police Senior Constable Jacob Sinclair said police alleged the man damaged five vehicles that were parked on two streets about 9pm Saturday.
Sen Const Sinclair said police alleged the man threw a wheelie bin at two cars, smashing the windscreens, then jumped on three other parked cars, smashing their windscreens and denting the roofs and bonnets, causing extensive damage.
Police said the incident occurred in Kilpatrick Ave and Alamein St, Shepparton, before the man moved on to allegedly damage a church.
‘‘He went on to pull the electrical wiring conduit off the walls of the Brethren Church and smashed a fuse box there,’’ Sen Const Sinclair said.
‘‘On Sunday afternoon, between 2pm and 5pm, the same offender walked around the street, throwing rocks into windows of businesses located on Purcell St, High St, Corio St, Wyndham St, Nixon St and King St.’’
Police allege the man ripped reflector posts out of the ground and threw these through business doors before damaging cars in a car yard along High St by throwing large bolts through the windscreens.
The man has been remanded to appear at Shepparton Magistrates’ Court on April 24.