Lauren Andrews, 34, Leaves Manchester Court
A shoplifter who stole thousands of pounds of perfume and clothing escaped from the courts after claiming that a jail would cost her the chance to move to a new home.
Lauren Andrews, 34, stole £ 2,360 worth of perfumes from Abercrombie and Fitch, as well as leggings and T-shirts worth £ 1,000 from Victoria's Secret, during flying sessions at Trafford Center shopping center, near Manchester.
The police who arrested her discovered that she had been shoplifted for ten years and had been given a suspended prison sentence only in May after stealing £ 8,000 worth of the White Company and a handbag valued at £ 1,480 Burberry.
At the Manchester District Court, Andrews, of Newton Heath, was sentenced to a term of imprisonment, but was sentenced to a new suspended sentence.
She said she went to shoplifting to finance her escape from a hooked boyfriend and was offered new housing.
She warned that she would lose property if she went to jail and that she would not reoffend because she felt better emotionally.
The last flights took place in March and June after Andrews targeted Trafford Center stores with a stranger. The court heard that she was not apprehended at the time, but it is not said how the police came to arrest her.
Attorney Martha Dowd said, "The victim visited a Victoria's Secret store at Trafford Center on June 7 this year at 2:30 pm.
She came in with another man and stole about 822 pounds of stock including several perfumes, leggings and t-shirts. At 7:30 pm, she returned to the store and stole more merchandise worth £ 177.
At the Manchester Magistrates Court, Andrews (pictured) of Newton Heath, faced a prison but was sentenced to another suspended sentence
"On March 8, she entered the Abercrombie and Fitch store at Trafford Center and took 20 perfumes worth £ 2360. No attempt at payment was made, the defendant went unnoticed and they were not found. '
The court has learned that it has already committed 26 offenses, including 15 for theft since 2009.
In May, she was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison for 12 months following a day of shoplifting in downtown Manchester.
The court heard that Andrews (photo) had recorded 26 previous offenses, including 15 for theft since 2009
A report from an unnamed probation officer at the hearing stated: "She had accepted full responsibility for her behavior.
In March of this year, she was staying in a hotel to get away from her partner and it cost £ 50 per night. This offense was committed in part to finance his stays at the hotel.
"In the company of his partner, cocaine was regularly consumed and they bought a lift to finance themselves.
This forms an established model for his actions.
"Cocaine seems to have been a mechanism for coping with the trauma in her life – her mother died by suicide.
"She applied for her own home and has to sign for a new school next week. This is a great opportunity to make a fresh start.
"Her presentation has improved considerably since she distanced herself from her ex-partner and engaged in mental health services.
Andrews' lawyer, Karl Benson, said, "She may be successful in a problem-solving program, but if she goes to detention today, she will lose the new house she's going to move into.
"It would be unfair in the public interest and negate all the positive aspects. A community order is exceptional on this occasion – there is obvious progress. "
After sentencing Andrews to 20 weeks of suspended sentence for one year, magistrates told Andrews, "Judges believe it would be unfair to activate the conditional sentence when the probation mandate taught us how much you you were doing well and how much progress has been made with the different agencies. '
Andrews stole £ 2,360 worth of perfumes from Abercrombie and Fitch, as well as £ 1,000 leggings and t-shirts from Victoria's Secret during thieves at the Trafford Center Mall, near Manchester (photo)
Andrews was also ordered to pay £ 1,180 to Abercrombie and Fitch and £ 500 to Victoria's Secret.
According to the British Retail Consortium, shoplifting would cost British stores £ 500 million each year.