A Northmead man was arrested after a police officer saw him allegedly stealing from a large hardware store in North Parramatta on January 28.
Police said at about 1.30pm the man, 32, was seen placing a Makita drill, valued at $499, inside an electric blower box, worth $139.
After the man paid for the cheaper item, profiting $360, he was approached by the police officer and later charged with dishonestly obtaining property by deception.
He is due to go to Parramatta Local Court on March 12.
In other police news:
Boat, trailer taken
Police are looking for witnesses who may have seen a boat and trailer being stolen from a house on Lambert Crescent, Baulkham Hills, on Sunday.
Police said between 11am on January 26 and 1.45pm on January 27 someone used a chisel and hammer to break the padlock off the side gate of a car port.
A black boat and trailer — with registration X08 418 — a green, black and white Labs ski bag and an outboard motor were taken.
The person also attempted to enter the rear garage door unsuccessfully.
Witnesses are asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
A Kellyville man was charged with attempted robbery after an incident in a Northmead fast food restaurant yesterday.
At 9.46pm police were called to the premises after the man, 26, handed a note to an employee demanding money and food.
He was described as wearing a cut up T-shirt tied around his head as a bandanna, with dark sunglasses and bandages covering up tattoos on his right forearm.
He was granted conditional bail and is due to go to Parramatta Local Court on February 26.
Transit van stolen
A White Transit Ford van was stolen from a house on Banks Road, Castle Hill, on January 28.
Police said the car — with registration XGX 963 — was parked on the street between 6.30pm on Tuesday and 5.45am on Wednesday, January 29.
Witnesses are urged to call Castle Hill police on 9680 5399.