Melbourne 'trolley man' charged after handing himself in to police

A burnt out vehicle is seen on Bourke Street in Melbourne Friday Nov. 9 2018

A burnt out vehicle is seen on Bourke Street in Melbourne Friday Nov. 9 2018

Michael Rogers, the 'Trolly Man' who launched himself at last week's Bourke Street attacker with a shopping trolley, has been granted strict conditional bail over burglary and theft charges.

Shire Ali stabbed three men - fatally wounding Pellegrini's Espresso Bar co-owner Sisto Malaspina - before he was shot in the chest by police and later died in hospital.

Rogers made a brief appearance in the Melbourne Magistrates Court, and is expected to appear again later this weekend to apply for bail.

Donna Stolzenberg from National Homelessness Collective said her organisation would help him put it in a trust fund.

It wasn't until Rogers was noticed by the public in social media videos, earning the moniker "Trolley Man", that he came to the attention of police who announced they wanted to speak to him about the burglaries.

Victoria Police confirmed to 10 daily a 46-year-old man with no fixed address had been charged with two counts of burglary, two counts of theft and committing an indictable offence while on bail.

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The police prosecutor argued on Saturday that Rogers did not deserve bail as he posed an unacceptable risk of reoffending and had a lengthy criminal history.

Mr Rogers' actions on Bourke Street prompted an online fundraiser which has raised more than $140,000. "Got him but didn't get him down", he had told Channel Seven.

She said Rogers was humbled by the generosity, which is what compelled him to turn himself into police.

"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.

An accountancy firm has offered to oversee the fund and give financial advice, she added.

Rogers has also been banned from entering Melbourne's CBD area.

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