A grieving groom burgled a bridal shop while cancelling his fiance's wedding dress order after she was murdered by another man.
Glenn Kane took his chance to sneak into the basement of the First Glance bridal store in Sunderland and take a worker's purse while delivering the tragic news in January.
The 41-year-old, who was arrested at the scene, told police he had innocently "ended up" in the staff store with his co- accused David Lamb, but later admitted burglary.
Lamb, 46, who was arrested later, denied burglary, but was found guilty after a magistrates' court trial in his absence.
Prosecutor Claire Anderson told Newcastle Crown Court: "Kane stated he went into the shop to tell them about the death of his partner and that she would not be attending for any dress fittings.
"He said he had been followed into the store by a male he didn't know, walked around and ended up in the basement."
Kane denied knowing Lamb.
But Miss Anderson added: "Lamb was arrested and denied responsibility.
"He said he had lived in Sunderland for two weeks and didn't know the shop or where it was located.
"He said he had gone in because the co-accused wanted to say his girlfriend had been murdered and would not be coming in for dress fittings."
Kane, of High Park Street, Gateshead, was sentenced at an earlier hearing to nine months' imprisonment, suspended for 12 months.
Lamb, of Oban Terrace, Felling, who is already behind bars for an unrelated offence, was jailed for eight months.
Judge Deborah Sherwin said: "It was a bridal shop, taking of a purse and contents and the owner was present at the time."
The court heard both men have criminal records.