A burglar who left a blood stain at a property after he smashed his way through a bedroom window has been jailed for 27 months.
Daniel Locke, 29 from Jennifer Gardens in Margate appeared before Canterbury Crown Court on Tuesday 16 April 2019 after pleading guilty to the burglary in Victoria Road, Kingsdown between 28 and 29 December 2017.
Officers were called to the property after a neighbour reported that a bedroom window had been smashed and Locke had entered every room of the house. He took various items including silver ornaments and took two pillowcases to carry the items in.
Locke was arrested on 26 January after his DNA matched that of the blood stain on the drawer in the bedroom and was charged with burglary.
Investigating Officer Detective Constable Andrew Dale said: ‘Burglary can have such a detrimental impact on people’s lives.
‘Not only did Locke violate the victim’s privacy, he caused significant damage to their property and stole items of sentimental value.
‘I hope his sentence sends a message to other criminals and helps to act as a deterrent to those who may be considering this type of criminality.’