A Ballarat man accused of going on a three-month crime spree involving dishonesty and driving offences while on bail remains in custody.
Aaron Scott Kearseboom is accused of stealing fuel from service stations, driving while disqualified, stealing car parts from car yards and burgling a new sports complex.
The 26-year-old, who is charged with 30 offences allegedly occurring from April 2 to June 23, applied for bail at the Ballarat Magistrates Court on Friday.
Nominal police informant Senior Constable Nathan Hildebrand said police opposed Kearseboom's application for bail because he was an unacceptable risk of committing further offences while on bail.
"He is a recidivist thief, burglar and disqualified driver with numerous findings of guilt," Senior Constable Hildebrand said.
The court was told Kearseboom's alleged offending started on April 2 when a vending machine was stolen from a Mount Clear car wash.
Police allege Kearseboom was involved in three fuel drive-offs in cars with stolen number plates attached, across Ballarat and Melbourne, while he was a disqualified driver.
Senior Constable Hildebrand said the accused attended Ballarat Mercedes on May 24 to steal wheels worth $2600, while $5000 worth of car parts was stolen from Kings Cars.
He said on May 28 the accused attended the new sports complex in Wendouree, wearing a hoodie and mask, to steal a computer laptop and safety harness kit.
Police arrested Kearseboom at a Wendouree address on June 23, allegedly finding one gram of the drug ice in his possession.
Defence barrister Zoran Petric said there were a number of charges before the court that showed the prosecution case was weak.
He said his client had been in custody for 49 days, and if bailed, would live outside Ballarat and be employed.
Kearseboom's father gave evidence he would support him, while his friend said he would employ him as a tiler despite his "drug issues".
But magistrate Ron Saines said he was required to take Kearseboom's prior criminal history into account which included three jail sentences since 2017, followed by community corrections orders.
He refused bail, saying there would be no condition to reduce Kearseboom's risk of offending. He will return to court at a later date.
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