Jewellery was stolen from the home of a couple in Clare when their grandson threw a party without their knowledge, a court heard.
Some of what was taken during the party in December was later recovered from a rucksack belonging to Samuel Davis.
Ipswich Crown Court was told that Davis, 20, of Hertford Road, Sudbury, had pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods.
Prosecuting, Michael Crimp said that when the house owner’s grandson realised that items had been stolen, he contacted friends and that resulted in a bag containing some of what had been taken being left outside the property.
While further items were recovered from Davis following his arrest, a number were never traced.
Mr Crimp said the owners of the house were away when their grandson held the party without their knowledge or permission.
It had not been established who was responsible for stealing the jewellery, Mr Crimp told the court.
In mitigation, Laura Kenyon said her client was a cannabis user and had fallen into debt. Davis had, at the time, reached “rock bottom”, said Miss Kenyon.
He deeply regretted what he had done and had attempted to return the stolen jewellery in his possession.
Sentencing him, Assistant Judge Advocate General Emma Peters told Davis: “You should be thoroughly ashamed.”
Davis was made the subject of an 18-month community order and told he must pay £150 compensation towards the value of the jewellery. He will also be under probation service supervision for 18 months.