Notorious Ballarat thief strikes again

A NOTORIOUS Ballarat thief has allegedly struck again, this time stealing alcohol from Dan Murphy's and groceries from Coles, a court has heard. 

Jessica Strebs, 19, appeared in Ballarat Magistrates Court on Monday where she was refused bail over a string of fresh charges, including shop theft and failing to answer bail. 

Described by police as someone who does not comply with bail conditions, Strebs is also charged over an attack on a police member which included punching and pinching the officer while in the Ballarat Police Station cells.

Ballarat Magistrates Court on Monday heard Strebs allegedly failed to appear in court twice in recent months, despite her bail ordering her to do so. 

Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Pepe Brown said Strebs and three co-accused allegedly stole alcohol from Dan Murphy's in Curtis Street on August 22 before allegedly stealing groceries from the Coles supermarket in Victoria Street a short time later. 

Arrested and remanded on August 23, the court heard Strebs was at the Ballarat Police Station when she refused to return to her cell. 

Leading Senior Constable Brown said Strebs allegedly pinched a senior constable's hand, causing the skin to break, before she hit the same police officer in the shoulder, causing him pain. 

Shelley Buchecker, for Strebs, said her client had been making an effort to get her life back on track in recent months and appeared "very well" after stopping her drug use. 

Ms Buchecker said it was shame the "minor offences" were building up, adding Strebs was currently pregnant and had become frustrated with police after being remanded over the weekend. 

Magistrate Michelle Hodgson refused to grant Strebs' bail application, commenting on Strebs' "significant" refusal to comply with bail conditions in the past. 

''I'm not satisfied she would comply with bail,'' Ms Hodgson said. 

Strebs was remanded to reappear on August 28.

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