A man has been arrested following a spate of break ins in the Northern Illawarra overnight.
The 33 year old Minto man allegedly smashed the front door of the Coles Supermarket at Thirroul and stole a number of items, before driving to the BP at Austinmer.
Police allege the man then used a concrete block to smash the glass, however he was disturbed and fled the scene.
The man is then alleged to have stopped at Coledale, where witnesses say he smashed the newsagency window with his foot. The witnesses alerted police and the man was apprehended a short time later.
The man has been charged with a string of offences including Break, Enter and Steal, driving while disqualified and breaching bail.
He faced Wollongong Local Court this afternoon