UPDATED, February 27: An accused woman arrested in relation to multiple petrol drive-offs and the theft of a car has been bailed to live in Williamstown.
Jessica Archer, 37, appeared in Warrnambool Magistrates Court where she made a successful bail application.
The woman was arrested at a Mortlake property on February 24 by Warrnambool and Hobsons Bay police crime investigation units.
A police prosecutor told the court the Williamstown property was an unacceptable bail address given it was a factory in an industrial estate that was raided in 2021.
He said on that occasion police uncovered 27 cannabis plants.
But magistrate Gerard Lethbridge said the raid was somewhat dated and he was satisfied Ms Archer had shown compelling reasons why she should be released on bail.
He said Ms Archer planned to contest the more serious charge of theft of a motor vehicle.
The court heard Ms Archer claimed she borrowed the car in order to move house and did not steal it.
The magistrate granted bail with strict conditions, including the accused woman comply with the Court Integrated Services Program, obey an overnight curfew and not drive a car.
Ms Archer will face court again in March.
Earlier: Warrnambool police detectives have assisted the Hobsons Bay crime investigation unit in the arrest of a woman accused of stealing a car from a cancer patient.
The detectives raided a Mortlake property on Friday, February 24, arresting a 37-year-old woman with no fixed address.
A police spokesman said the woman was wanted in relation to multiple petrol drive-offs.
He also alleged she stole a vehicle from a 55-year-old cancer patient in Newport on February 20.
Detectives allegedly located and seized the stolen car, as well as a small quantity of ammunition, from the Mortlake property.
The woman was arrested and conveyed to Warrnambool police station for interview.
She was subsequently charged with burglary, thefts, unlicensed driving, theft of petrol, theft of the motor vehicle and bail-related offences.
She will face Warrnambool Magistrates court on Monday for a part-heard bail application.
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