Louis Vuitton store in Sydney: a man allegedly stole $460,000 worth of goods

A man has faced court after allegedly filling two wheelie bins full of designer clothes and handbags in the early hours of New Years Day.

A man accused of stealing nearly $460,000 worth of designer handbags and clothes from a Sydney store on New Year’s Day has been denied bail by the court.

The police allege Michael John Tasker forced entry into a designer store on George St around 3.30am on January 1 before leaving with a handbag.

The 38 year old manaHe reportedly returned soon after with two wheelie bins and filled them with purses and additional clothing, estimated to be worth more than $460,000.

Police investigating the robbery arrested Mr Tasker at a motel on Liverpool Rd in Ashfield on Thursday.

Several items were reportedly found in Mr. Tasker’s hotel room, including three Louis Vuitton handbags.

He was taken to Burwood Police Station and charged with break and enter, theft over $60,000.

In Burwood Local Court on Friday, Mr. Tasker did not enter a plea against the prosecution.

At a bail hearing, police prosecutor Sergeant Mel Harris said Mr Tasker had a long criminal history that included time in jail for theft offences.

She told the court that police had a strong case, with fingerprints and CCTV footage linking Mr Tasker to the theft.

“He’s obviously a repeat offender,” Sergeant Harris said.

Defense barrister Nadia Karim said if released on bail Mr Tasker could continue to live with his parents in Dulwich Hill and not enter the Sydney CBD.

“He has difficulty with drugs, especially heroin,” Ms Karim said.

Magistrate Richard Funston said he would not grant Mr Tasker bail because of the risk posed to the community.

“I don’t care if he even put up hundreds of thousands of dollars, he’s not getting bail in front of me,” Mr Funston said.

“He clearly has a heroin addiction or some other drug problem, and the reality is that if I granted him bail, he would be out there using and committing other offences.”

Mr Tasker was taken into custody and his case returns to court on March 9.

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