An alleged serial thief accused of breaking into cars, a house and the Albion Park Rail post office in the space of two days has been refused court bail after it was revealed he was already on parole for similar offences.
Police said they consider Mervyn John McKenzie a "high risk offender" when it comes to property crime, noting he has a lengthy record for taking items that don't belong to him.
Court documents said the 26-year-old went to a popular walking track on Macquarie Pass on May 24 and broke into a Holden Astra and a Mercedes Benz parked in the carpark at the start of the track.
He took two wallets from the vehicles before he and a co-accused drove from the scene in a Hyundai i30.
Police will allege the entire incident was caught on another vehicle's dash cam.
The court heard investigating officers who saw the footage immediately identified McKenzie and his co-accused from their previous dealings with the two men.
Meanwhile, two days later, McKenzie allegedly entered the Albion Park Rail post office and stole a set of keys before breaking into a nearby house after picking the lock on the front door.
While inside, McKenzie allegedly stole a Playstation console, four Marvel comic book figurines, headphones, a mobile phone and an iPod Touch.
It is alleged McKenzie's movements entering and exiting the home were captured on a neighbour's CCTV cameras.
Police arrested McKenzie last Friday and charged him with nine property-related offences.
He sought bail in Wollongong Local Court on Monday, saying he could live with his mother in Nowra.
Police prosecutor Sergeant David Weaver opposed McKenzie's application, saying there was an "overwhelming risk" he would commit further offences if released.
"These types of offences are his bread and butter so-to-speak," he said.
"Nobody's property appears to be safe from him - if he wants it, he takes it."
Magistrate Claire Girotto refused to release McKenzie on bail, noting he was already on parole for an aggravated break, enter and steal offence.
The case was adjourned to June 9 for further mention.