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Single mum allegedly stole $6,800 worth of baby formula from Sydney Coles stores

A single mum has been accused of stealing $6,800 worth of baby formula as part of a larger criminal syndicate that has allegedly been ransacking supermarkets.

Sarah Hemmings, 28, allegedly stole large amounts of formula from Coles stores in Sydney suburbs Zetland, Brighton Le Sands, Campsie and Revesby over ten weeks.

Hemmings is accused of being part of a larger group who have been raiding stores for baby formula before selling it.

It was also revealed that the 28-year-old had been serving a Intensive Correction Order during the time she was accused of stealing, The Daily Telegraph reported. 

Sarah Hemmings, 28, (pictured) allegedly stole $6,800 worth of baby formula from a string of Coles supermarkets over a ten week period

She is also on the wait list for a drug rehabilitation facility, the court heard.

Hemmings was refused bail by Magistrate Ian Guy who said the risk she would re-offend was 'huge'.

She is due to appear in court on July 6.

Hemmings' arrest comes after two more women were accused of stealing baby formula in a separate scheme.

The gang were allegedly stealing baby formula from Coles stores in Sydney (stock image)

The pair, aged 28 and 31, were arrested at Bankstown Police Station on Thursday and charged with 15 counts of shoplifting and disposing of property theft.

Police will allege they were involved in coordinating the thefts from different retailers across Sydney. 

Another business owner, 41, was arrested at her shop in Bankstown charged with ten offences including receiving stolen goods and dealing with the property proceeds of crime.

Another 45-year-old man has also allegedly stolen baby formula.

On May 26, police seized 250 tins of baby formula and $45,000 in cash at a Bankstown business and Chester Hill home. 

Detectives from Bankstown Police Area Command (pictured) in Sydney's south-west received information from retailers relating to theft and supply of baby formula

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