Blackburn thief cut tags off tracksuits in Burnley Sports Direct
Tracey Wilson went back to her old thieving ways because she had no money to buy the £60 clothing for the youngsters.
The court was told the 44-year-old had been armed with clippers to remove tags from the items. She owned up when caught.
The defendant, said to have convictions for shoplifting going back "many a year", admitted theft on August 22nd. Wilson, of Whalley New Road in Blackburn, was given a six week curfew between 7pm and 7am and must pay an £85 victim surcharge.
Mr Ben Leech, defending, said Wilson's benefits were in a "state of disarray" and the family of four had been living hand-to-mouth on £100 a week. The children needed new track suits ready for school.
The solicitor continued: "She totally regrets her behaviour, that she has placed herself in this position once again."