A Keiraville woman has denied accusations that she stole a $750 Dyson vacuum cleaner from Harvey Norman at Warrawong, instead telling security staff she walked out of the shop with it to "show her partner".
Susanne Mary Blacket, 37, faced Wollongong Local Court yesterday on charges stemming from three separate stealing allegations, including the Harvey Norman episode.
Blacket is accused of picking up the vacuum cleaner from the shop floor about 3pm on September 13 and taking it out of the store without paying for it.
When she was stopped by staff, she allegedly denied trying to swipe it, saying she intended to show the item to her partner.
Police documents before the court said Blacket then became agitated and abusive towards staff and left the shop.
Police attended and reviewed CCTV footage of the incident.
Blacket is also accused of stealing a wallet that had been left unattended on the counter of the Keiraville pharmacy and taking two mobile phones from Coles at Figtree within 90 minutes of each other on September 20.
Blacket was arrested, along with a co-accused, five days later.
It is alleged Blacket admitted to the two September 20 stealing offences during a subsequent interview with police.
However, she yesterday chose not to enter pleas to either charge.
She entered a not-guilty plea to the charge of stealing the vacuum cleaner.
Solicitor Graeme Morrison, acting for Blacket, sought her release on bail, saying she would agree to strict conditions if granted liberty.
He said Blacket had recently overcome a significant drug problem and was working on breaking old habits.
"She is willing to report to police daily," he said.
However, police prosecutor Sergeant Paul Bush urged magistrate Geraldine Beattie to deny Blacket bail, saying her criminal record was littered with stealing offences and charges of failing to appear in court.
He added she was on parole at the time she allegedly committed the offences. She was denied bail.