A burglar who was caught after he left behind a bloodstain at a house he broke into has been jailed.
Police were called to a property in St Luke's Avenue in Ramsgate on December 28, just after Christmas, when two safes were stolen from the property while the owner was away.
They contained jewellery, a watch, documents and a quantity of cash.
Forensics inspected the scene, and discovered a bloodstain containing DNA which matched that of Mark Queen.
The 28-year-old, of Victoria Road, Ramsgate, was arrested and initially denied involvement, but later admitted burglary at Canterbury Crown Court.
On April 23, he was brought before the same court and was jailed for three years and 10 months.
Senior investigating officer DS Jay Robinson, from the Chief Constable’s Crime Squad, said: "The impact of burglaries like that carried out by Mark Queen can be long-term for the victims, who lose items of sentimental as well as financial value.
"Our team were meticulous in gathering evidence from the scene and the high-quality case they put together gave Queen no choice but to plead guilty.
"I'm pleased with the sentence he has been given and I hope the case sends out a message to other burglars that we will track them down and bring them before the courts."