An 18-year-old man accused of having stolen the income of a busker while performing at Sydney's busiest shopping center was charged.
Martin Campos, 38, was entertaining shoppers at Pitt Street Mall when a man reportedly picked up cash from his open guitar case on Saturday night at 5:45 PM.
The Chilean student livestreaming his performance on Facebook when he was forced to stop abruptly and chase the alleged thief.
The busker managed to hold on to the teenager who tried to flee with the cash he had allegedly stolen until the police came to the area.
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Martin Campos (photo), 38, was entertaining shoppers at Pitt Street Mall when a man reportedly grabbed cash from his open guitar case on Saturday night at 5.45 p.m.
A man, 18 (seated photo), was arrested on the spot and assists NSW Police with their questions
The 18-year-old was accused of theft and property in his personal detention suspected of being stolen and refused
& # 39; The man grabbed my bag full of notes, so I ran after him and luckily others had seen what happened and got hold of him & # 39 ;, Campos told Daily Mail Australia.
& # 39; I was angry at first, but afterwards I just felt sorry for the man. & # 39;
With the help of Mr. Campos, Good Samaritans who intervened helped to control the man on the ground.
The live stream video does not show that the man is caught, but captures many shocked bystanders as they watch the incident with different inner steps to help, including a guard from a nearby store.
Music continues to play on the live stream video for a few minutes until an angry looking Mr. Campos returns to the screen with his earnings.
The end of the video shows the alleged thief on the ground while he is being held and does not look happy when he appears on the camera.
The incident was observed by a Daily Mail Australia staff member.
& # 39; Look at this mother who stole me, & # 39; says Mr. Campos viewers.
& # 39; This is not the first time. & # 39;
The Chilean student (left and right) live streamed his performance on Facebook when he was forced to abruptly stop the post and pursue the alleged thief
Mr. Campos' guitar was broken while he restrained the man, but at least he managed to get his income back
One of the strings on Campos & # 39; beloved $ 3,000 guitar was damaged while he restrained the man.
The full-time busker, who has lived in Australia for three years, is devastated by his broken guitar, but is grateful that his hard-earned income was returned to him from noon.
He said that working as a busker is not easy.
& # 39; It is not the first time this (stealing) has happened and it is something that all buskers are concerned about, & # 39; said Campos.
& # 39; This is our job. We all work very hard to pay rent and earn an income. I also pay a visa to stay here and go to school. Buskers have to invest a lot of money, it is not an easy job. & # 39;
Mr. Campos (left) does not want accusations to be made against the man who tried to steal from him
Mr. Campos packs his things after a busy day but is planning to return on Sunday. & # 39; I have to have my guitar repaired, but I will lend someone else if I have to & # 39 ;, he told Daily Mail Australia
Mr Campos spends every weekend at Pitt Street Mall and despite the ordeal of Saturday night, he hopes to be back there on Sunday.
& # 39; I have to have my guitar repaired, but I will borrow someone else if I have to, & # 39; he said.
Mr Campos said that he did not want accusations to be brought against the man who, according to him, had fallen during difficult times.
& # 39; I don't want to cause him any more problems & # 39 ;, he told Daily Mail Australia.
& # 39; If he wanted money, he just had to ask and I would have lent or given him something. If I could say one thing to him, that would not be the way to make money. If I could ask a question, I would ask why. & # 39;
The 18-year-old was accused of theft and property in his personal detention suspected of theft and the bail was refused.
He will face Parramatta Bail Court on Sunday.
Martin Campos has many weekend customers in the Pitt Street Mall in Sydney
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