'Trolley Man' given bail but banned from Melbourne CBD

Mr Rogers 46 is understood to have handed himself over to police on Friday night. Source 7 NewsMore

Mr Rogers 46 is understood to have handed himself over to police on Friday night. Source 7 NewsMore

A homeless man who used his shopping trolley to try to ram a knife-wielding attacker in Melbourne has been charged with offences including burglary and theft.

But on Thursday, police revealed that they wanted to question the 46-year-old over recent burglaries in the Melbourne CBD and St Kilda areas.

Michael Rogers, 46, is understood to have handed himself into police on Friday evening.

He has been charged with two counts of burglary, two counts of theft, and committing an indictable offence on bail.

The Melbourne Magistrates' Court heard Mr Rogers has homelessness and ongoing drug issues, and may qualify for a special court program to help him receive treatment and access community services.

Police are expected to oppose that application.

Rogers' sudden fame also led to 140,000 Australian dollars ($100,000) being raised for him in an online funding drive.

It was set up by Donna Stolzenberg, founder of the charity Melbourne Homeless Collective, to help get him back on his feet.

"We have to remember these were things that happened prior to Friday as well", she said.

Mr Rogers was hailed a hero for his actions in the Bourke Street terror incident on November 9.

She told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. the money raised for him will be held in a trust fund for him, and that an accountancy firm had offered to oversee it and give financial advice.

"I'm not saying what I did wasn't good, but you know, you've got the police, you've got the Army, you've got the ambulance - you've got better heroes than me", he said.

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