A WOMAN accused of breaking into a Heathcote property and using a stolen credit card to make a series of purchases has been granted bail.
Rosanna woman Sarah Angela Chadwick, 33, made the application in the Bendigo Magistrates' Court last week after she was charged with offences including burglary and theft.
Police alleged Ms Chadwick broke into the garage of a Heathcote property sometime between December 4 and December 9 this year.
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She allegedly stole a wallet, which contained personal documents and credit cards.
The court heard on the evening of December 8, Ms Chadwick allegedly used the stolen credit cards to make seven separate purchases at stores in Heathcote and the Melbourne suburb of Campbellfield.
Police alleged she bought a 10-pack of Jim Beam, clothes, work boots, a JB Hi-Fi voucher, cigarettes, and food. The alleged purchases totalled more than $400.
Ms Chadwick was arrested at a Heathcote address on December 17.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Mick Arnott told the court Ms Chadwick should not be granted bail because she was an unacceptable risk of reoffending and failing to answer bail.
Senior Constable Arnott said there were several outstanding matters before the court, including allegations of theft and contravening an intervention order.
Defence lawyer Dianne Mitchell conceded Ms Chadwick had a few outstanding matters, but said her client should still be granted bail.
Ms Mitchell said the 33-year-old was linked in with Aboriginal support services, had a stable address with housemates in Rosanna, and her mother was also willing to assist her in Melbourne.
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The defence lawyer said Ms Chadwick was still contesting the charges, especially the burglary offence, so there could be a delay in the proceedings.
Magistrate Megan Aumair said there needed to be more support services in place because the current organisations were not helping the 33-year-old.
Ms Chadwick was subsequently assessed for the Court Integrated Services Program and was deemed suitable.
Ms Aumair told the 33-year-old she would grant her bail, but she "needed to grow up".
The magistrate said she still had some reservations about bail but even if Ms Chadwick pleaded guilty, the offences were not serious enough to warrant a significant jail term.
"But make no mistakes," Ms Aumair said. "If you commit further offences, you will be going to jail."
As part of the bail conditions, Ms Chadwick was not allowed to take drugs, enter the City of Greater Bendigo, or contact witnesses for the prosecution.
The 33-year-old was also ordered to follow CISP.
Ms Chadwick was released on bail. She is due to return to the Bendigo Magistrates' Court next month.
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