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Some of the items stolen by the 42-year-old Goonellabah kleptomaniac that have been recovered by police. Photo NSW Police

Police have arrested a 42-year-old Goonellabah woman who they say stole 14 pairs of shoes, 13 handbags, four wallets, numerous pairs of underwear, jumpers, socks and pants from a Goonellabah shop on Sunday (August 26).

According to officers she simply put the items in a trolley and left without paying.

Having succeeded the first time, at 11am on Monday the kleptomaniac allegedly returned to the same store and attempted a second binge.

Police say she selected ‘a large number of items and removed their tags’.

Store staff asked her to stay so police could speak to her, but she left.

Police arrived soon after and found her in a nearby supermarket, ‘filling a purse with store items’.

When police told her that she was under arrest, she allegedly replied, ‘Like f*** I’m under arrest, c***.’

The woman tried to run but was detained by police.

Police then took the woman to her home where a large amount of stolen property was seized. The value of all the alleged stolen property is well in excess of $1,700

The woman has been charged with three counts of larceny. She was released on strict conditional bail and will appear at Lismore Local Court in September


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