A WOMAN told police she would have led them on a chase if she knew they were going to arrest her, a court has heard.
Jodie Andrew, 33, appeared in the Bendigo Magistrates' Court this week where she pleaded guilty to charges of obtaining property by deception and theft.
Andrew was arrested on Tuesday after going to the Romsey Police Station on the request of police.
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The court heard on October 22 last year, a 16-year-old girl dropped her credit card at a supermarket in Woodend.
Andrew obtained the card and used it to make two purchases at a Woodend service station. The total value of the purchases was $57.80.
The court heard the entire incident was captured on CCTV footage.
The victim was notified of the theft so she cancelled her card and reported the incident to police.
Officers requested Andrew to attend the Romsey Police Station on January 4. When she arrived, the police charged and remanded her in custody for the offending.
The court heard she told police, "If I knew you'd arrest me, I'd have let you chase me".
Andrew also pleaded guilty to stealing petrol valued at $60 from a Heathcote service station on June 29, 2020.
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Defence lawyer Daniel Ajak told the court Andrew was pleading guilty at the earliest opportunity so she should receive a discount on sentence.
Mr Ajak said the 33-year-old already served a day in custody so time served or a fine would be an appropriate sentence.
Magistrate Russell Kelly noted Andrew was already on a community corrections order for other offences.
Mr Kelly told Andrew that she had that order for a reason and she should comply with it rather than continue to offend.
But the magistrate said for the new charges, he would fine her $500 with conviction.
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