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Bourke Street hero ‘Trolley Man’ wanted by police

Michael Rogers was dubbed the 'trolley man' after the Bourke Street terror attack.
Michael Rogers was dubbed 'trolley man' after ramming the attacker with a trolley to help police. Photo: Seven News
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The homeless man whose heroic actions during the deadly Bourke Street terrorist attack last Friday earned him the affectionate title of Trolley Man, is wanted by police.

Michael Rogers, 46, was acclaimed for his courage after he used a shopping trolley to help police fight off knife-wielding Somali-born radical Hassan Khalif Shire Ali.

His actions earned him more than $144,000 in public donations from the Australia community. 

But police on Thursday night revealed they are searching for Mr Rogers for questioning over a recent spate of burglaries and for breaching his bail conditions.

Investigators confirmed the alleged crimes all occurred before the Bourke Street attack last week, but would not give details on the exact dates they occurred.

“Police are seeking the whereabouts of a 46-year-old man of no fixed address in relation to a number of recent burglaries in the Melbourne CBD and St Kilda areas and breach of bail conditions,” police said in a statement.

In the meantime, the National Homeless Collective, which helped raise funds for Mr Rogers, said the money will be held in a trust fund for him and an accountancy firm has offered to oversee it and give financial advice.

Mr Rogers earlier told Fairfax Media, he had been in and out of jail for two decades and had a long history of drug use.

 “I haven’t had good experiences with police,” he said.

Mr Rogers said he constantly disappointed his beloved grandmother who was was not alive to witness his selfless act. He said she died in 2013 while he was serving a five-year jail term for aggravated burglary.

“She would have been exceptionally proud,” he said.

Mr Rogers said he chose to be homeless for a range of different reasons after having lived in a public housing apartment.

He said at the weekend that he was “no hero” and was simply trying to help when he thrust the trolley at Shire Ali, who was shot by police in the chest and later died in hospital.

Cherished owner of Bourke Street’s Pellegrini’s Espresso Bar Sisto Malaspina was stabbed by Shire Ali and died at the scene of the incident.

-with agencies