A pensioner bravely confronted a woman thief after her purse was stolen at a Blackpool market.
Jane Snape, 37, of Shaftesbury Avenue, North Shore, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to theft.
She was sentenced to eight weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay her victim £80 compensation for her ordeal by Blackpool magistrates.
Magistrates were told the 80-year-old was on holiday in the resort when Snape started stalking her round Abingdon Street Market.
Andrea Fawcett, prosecuting, said the pensioner felt a tugging movement and immediately saw her purse was missing from her handbag on May 11
The prosecutor added: “Very bravely she confronted the defendant. Snape dropped the purse on the floor and tried to pretend it was there all along.”
David Charnley, defending, said his client had had a long-standing addiction to heroin. She was on a rehabilitation course.