A burglar was caught thanks to the alertness of a neighbour, Lincoln Crown Court was told.
Jordan Ray was spotted by the neighbour as he climbed through the window of a house in Allison Place, Lincoln, in broad daylight.
Ray, who was with an accomplice, made off with an X-Box console and X-Box games.
Lisa Hardy, prosecuting, said the victim discovered his home had been broken into when he returned later in the day to find a kitchen had been smashed and items were missing.
Police conducted house to house inquiries in the area and a neighbour told them she had seen something suspicious and was able to provide officers with information which led to the arrest of Ray and the other man.
Most of the stolen property was later recovered from the accomplice’s flat in Carholme Road.
Ray,21, of Blenheim Close, Skellingthorpe, admitted burglary on 9 April. He was given a six month jail sentence suspended for a year with 60 hours of unpaid work.
David Eager, defending, said that Ray was living a “feckless” lifestyle at the time but has since turned himself around and now has a full-time job.