A burglary victim was more than a little surprised to receive an email from a woman asking for the password to his stolen laptop.
The man had his Middlesborough home raided on March 28 while out for a couple of hours in the town centre.
When he arrived home, his laptop, DVDs and alcohol had all gone. But just a couple of days later, he received an email from a woman, who said that she had bought the laptop from a corner shop and wanted to know the password.
The man told police who tracked down and arrested drug addict Lisa Hanratty, 35, and found the laptop.
Prosecutor Rachel Masters told Teesside Crown Court that Hanratty had 34 convictions for 64 offences.
Hanratty, of Kings Road, North Ormesby, was given a six months jail sentence suspended for two years with drug treatment and testing for 12 months and an activity requirement for 20 days after she pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods.