Maidstone: Burglar Caught By Drop Of Blood

24 February 2015, 15:44 | Updated: 24 February 2015, 15:47

A burglar has been jailed for four years after a drop of his blood was detected on the doorstep of a home in Maidstone.

Kent Police matched Carl Chang’s DNA to a small blood stain, following a break-in last year in Tonbridge Road.  

Chang, formerly of Batchwood Green, Orpington smashed a kitchen window to enter the property on 27 June 2014. The 26-year-old stole cash and jewellery before fleeing the scene.

After the victim later alerted police, crime scene investigators attended the address and detected a fresh drop of blood on a step directly outside the point of entry. The blood sample was sent off for forensic analysis and was later identified as a match for Chang. Inside the property Chang had used cleaning fluid, in an attempt to remove further evidence of his offending.

He was arrested on 9 July 2014 at his home address in Orpington. During police interview Chang refused to comment and following questioning lunged at officers and had to be restrained. Chang appeared at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday 23 February, where he was sentenced to four years in prison. He had previously pleaded to a charge of burglary.

Detective Constable Natalie Sammells said: ‘At the time of the offence Chang had been on license, following his release from prison for another burglary. He is clearly a prolific burglar, whose offending has caused a great deal of distress to the victims, not only through the loss of their personal property, but the invasion of their private space. We will continue to pursue all forensic techniques available to gather evidence to bring offenders like Chang to justice and I'm pleased that another repeat offender is behind bars and unable to commit any further crimes.'