A Wolllongong woman caught stealing two pairs of shoes from Rebel Sport wanted to give the items as presents for Father's Day, a court has heard.
Ashley Lorraine Smith faced Wollongong Local Court yesterday after being arrested on Sunday over the incident.
She pleaded guilty to one count of shoplifting, admitting she hid the runners in a large bag she was carrying before walking out of the Wollongong Central shop without paying.
Smith was stopped by a security guard, who had been called to the store earlier after a Rebel employee believed Smith had been acting suspiciously.
Smith admitted taking the shoes when spoken to by police.
Her lawyer, Legal Aid's Paul Paine, yesterday told the court his client had wanted to give the items to her father for Father's Day.
The court heard Smith, who has previously been homeless, lives on about $100 a week after paying rent and bills.
At the time she was arrested she had only $1.70 on her and no access to any other money.
Mr Paine asked for Smith to be released on bail, saying she had a Keira Street address she could live at.
Magistrate Michael Stoddart agreed to release Smith into the community on the condition she report to police seven days a week.
He noted Smith currently had four sets of stealing charges proceeding through the court system, all of which appeared to have been committed since May this year, but said she didn't have a lengthy criminal record.
Smith has pleaded not guilty to a separate shoplifting charge relating to allegations she stole a bottle of bourbon from First Choice Liquor in Wollongong on August 18.
Mr Paine told the court the case against his client in that matter did not appear to be a strong one, and rested on CCTV footage alone.