A jobseeker sneaked back into a hotel and stole a laptop computer which contained photographs of a beloved pet.
Jordan Jones also caused the hotelier business problems as the hotel’s internet banking had to be suspended for a time because of the security risk.
Jones, now a telesales worker, 21, of Milbourne Street, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to theft.
He was sentenced to spend 12 hours at an attendance centre where his offending behaviour will be addressed and ordered to pay £400 compensation by Blackpool magistrates.
Pam Smith, prosecuting, said the incident happened on October 13 at 6.40pm.
Jones went into the Sandford Hotel, on Blackpool Promenade, and asked if there were any jobs going.
CCTV showed that half-an-hour later Jones went back in, took the laptop from reception and left.
The laptop was not recovered.
When interviewed by the police Jones said he thought he might have sold it in a takeaway.
The prosecutor said: “The hotelier said the laptop contained precious photographs of her dog which had died.
“The hotel’s internet banking also had to be suspended for a time by the bank.”
Suzanne Mugford, defending, said Jones had taken legal highs before going round hotels because he was desperate to find work.
She added that it was an opportunistic theft which Jones regretted and he wanted to apologise to the hotelier.