A LAVINGTON woman with a history of thieving had threatened to stab a shop assistant with a dirty syringe when caught with stolen items, a court was told yesterday.
Sonya Marie Beresi had her bag checked when leaving Rebel Sport.
She had arrived at the Albury store late on July 18 and had taken five pairs of tracksuit pants and two tops to a change room.
The Albury Local Court was told Beresi had returned three pairs of pants and the tops were put over the change room door.
When she went past a checkout, she had nothing but a bag which was checked at the store door.
A staff member had seen there was a rip in the bag’s inner lining and then saw an item of clothing hidden there before Beresi closed the bag.
The staff member grabbed the bag and struggled with Beresi who said: “I will have you charged with assault”.
“Let’s call the police, shall we?” the employee replied.
Beresi reached into her bag and said: “I will stab you with a dirty syringe”.
The employee immediately released the bag and put her hands up in a defensive position.
Beresi then bumped into another staff member and said: “I will stab you too”.
She was allowed to leave the store and the police were called.
Beresi, 36, of Sunshine Court, yesterday appeared via a video link from Emu Plains jail where she is on remand for supplying drugs.
She pleaded guilty to charges of shoplifting and two counts of intimidation.
Solicitor Bill Roberts appeared for her and said he was seeking a “short, sharp sentence”.
“I understand there was a syringe in her handbag,” Mr Roberts said.
He said Beresi had fallen into a downward spiral on drugs and had just wanted to get away from the shop.
He agreed the employees would have been frightened.
“She is feeling fantastic without the drugs,” Mr Roberts said. “She wants to clear her life up”.
Magistrate Megan Greenwood said Beresi had a disregard for the law with shoplifting.
“You have many, many matters of property theft or deceit,” Ms Greenwood said.
She jailed Beresi for seven months with a minimum term of three, making her eligible for release on December 31.