Charlie Morgan, 18, had looted Caroline Baker's house, taking her purse, jewellery and mobile phone.
But when he used her card to order a Chinese meal for £24.90, Caroline noticed the order on her bill and phoned the police.
They managed to track the dad-of-one's address through the local restaurant in Dover and arrest him.
Forced to admit his part in the burglary, Morgan was given a 12-month jail sentence, suspended for two years.
Even the judge expressed his shock at the clumsy crook's mistake, saying: "It was very stupid because you were a local customer."
By Francesca Specter