By Ed Riley For Mailonline
Published: 10:04 GMT, 1 November 2019 | Updated: 10:35 GMT, 1 November 2019
Lauren Andrews, 34, leaving Manchester Magistrates' court
A shoplifter who stole thousands of pounds worth of perfume and clothing has walked free from court after claiming jail would cost her the chance of moving into a new home.
Lauren Andrews, 34, looted perfumes worth £2,360 from Abercrombie and Fitch and leggings and T-shirts worth £1,000 from Victoria's Secret during thieving sprees at the Trafford Centre shopping mall near Manchester.
Police who arrested her discovered she had a ten year history of shoplifting and had only been given a suspended prison sentence in May after stealing £8,000 worth of stock from White Company plus a handbag worth £1,480 from Burberry.
At Manchester magistrates court, Andrews, from Newton Heath, faced jail but she was given another suspended sentence.
She claimed she had gone shoplifting to fund her escape from a junkie boyfriend and that she had been offered new accommodation.
She warned she would lose the property if she went to prison and said she was unlikely to re-offend as she was 'feeling emotionally better.'
The latest thefts occurred in March and June after Andrews targeted stores at Trafford Centre with an unknown man. The court heard she was not apprehended at the time but it is not said how police came to arrest her.
Prosecutor Miss Martha Dowd said: 'The victim visited a Victoria's Secret store in Trafford Centre on 7th June this year at 2.30pm,.
'She entered along with another male and stole around £822 worth of stock comprised of