A woman facing serial shoplifting charges had a bail request refused by Judge Greg Davis because he believed "she would go around stealing anything that is not nailed down".

Kelly Ruka, 23, was remanded in custody despite her family's pleas that she was needed at home to help her mother who was on crutches.

In Whangarei Court yesterday, Judge Davis said Ruka had chalked up 45 convictions while previously on bail.