A 29-year-old woman accused of going to a Ballarat church to steal a parishioner's handbag and her vehicle has been told she faces more than one year in jail.
Kerri-Ann Walker, of Daylesford, applied for bail on Friday because she believed the two months she has already spent on remand would be a sufficient sentence for her drug-related offending.
But magistrate Brian Clifford said Walker's offending was too serious and she faced a jail sentence of more than one year.
The Ballarat Magistrates Court was told Walker had been on a 12-month community corrections order for seven weeks when she allegedly attended a Lydiard Street church on July 9.
Police informant Detective Senior Constable John Jess said after the church service the victim placed her handbag on a table to talk to other parishioners.
He said Walker stole the woman's handbag, which contained her purse and keys, before stealing her Toyota vehicle parked outside the church.
The court was told on the same day at 1.30pm, police were alerted to an alleged stolen Toyota vehicle at the Bacchus Marsh McDonald's drive-through.
Detective Senior Constable Jess said police identified Walker as the driver and activated their lights and sirens but she accelerated at a fast speed. The pursuit was called off.
He said the stolen car was captured on CCTV at a nearby Apco service station where Walker allegedly stole a $5 cigarette lighter.
Police allege Walker then drove the stolen car to Buninyong's BP service station and stole $30 worth of petrol.
When Walker was eventually arrested she was heavily substance-affected, the court was told.
Detective Senior Constable Jess said Walker abused and spat at custody officers the following day in a police cell.
Police opposed Walker's application for bail, saying she was at risk of reoffending, endangering the public's safety and wellbeing and failing to answer bail.
The court was told Walker's prior criminal history showed she had not answered bail five times and she had been unable to complete three subsequent community corrections orders.
Walker was required to show compelling reasons why she should be granted bail.
Barrister Adrian Bates said his client had been in custody for two months and a third month until her plea hearing would exceed any sentence.
He said bail would give Walker the opportunity to resume her community corrections order and re-engage with drug treatment.
"It's a possibility time served and a community corrections order could be the outcome. She could end of serving more time," Mr Bates said.
But Mr Clifford said Walker faced more time in jail.
"Her offending of stealing a car and handbag of a woman in church; things don't get much lower than that," Mr Clifford said.
"Then she is involved in a police pursuit. Police pursuits are out of control in this area.
"She is looking at a sentence in excess of 12 months jail immediately without a community corrections order because she can't complete them."
Mr Clifford said complelling reasons had not been shown and Walker's bail application was refused.
She will return to court in October to plead guilty to the charges, which include unlicensed driving, thefts, failing to stop on police direction, possessing cannabis and assaulting an emergency service worker.