A woman accused of driving a car that was stolen from a garage in Berkeley has been granted bail to live next door to the scene of the original crime.
Nicole Anne Green, 34, is alleged to have been behind the wheel of the 2004 Toyota Corolla less than 36 hours after the vehicle went missing from a garage in Massey Street on November 20 last year.
It is unknown who stole the car, however the vehicle's owner told police her house was broken into sometime between 6.30am and 4.30pm on November 19 and a spare key to the car was taken.
By 2pm the next day the vehicle was gone. It was discovered abandoned in Cringila two days later.
Police lifted DNA and fingerprints from the car at the time but it took until January this year to match them to Green.
The same DNA match was also used to link her to a violent handbag snatch at the Nan Tien Temple six months earlier that left the bag's owner with permanent injuries.
Green was arrested and charged with both sets of offences, but released on bail the same day to live at an address in Boronga Street and report to police daily.
However, a check of the NSW Police Force's automated bail reporting system this week revealed Green had failed to report on bail since her last court appearance six weeks ago.
She was arrested late Wednesday night, telling officers she was no longer living at the Boronga Street address and was now homeless.
Despite opposition from prosecutors, Magistrate Roger Clisdell agreed to reinstate Green's bail when she fronted Wollongong Local Court on Thursday, and allowed a change of address that will now see her living next door to the owner of the stolen car.
All of Green's cases will return to court on July 24.