KENT, England — The trail of evidence in this case made its way through some dark places.
Police in southern England were able to solve a burglary when a man they had arrested for another break-in went to the bathroom revealing a stolen gold chain he’d swallowed to hide the evidence from cops.
Clifford Airey, 52, of Herne Bay, was arrested on Jan. 31 for breaking into a home in town a week earlier. But as he was being taken into custody he ingested the gold chain he;d taken earlier that day at another home, Kent Police said.
Eventually, as Airey was making his way through processing, nature called and the evidence of the second burglary appeared.
The damning evidence led Airey, who police say is a prolific burglar and notorious in the area, to plead guilty to both burglaries. On March 15, he was sentenced to eight years in prison.
“Airey is a prolific burglar and has caused significant suffering. He’s now in prison for a considerable amount of time where he can no longer pose a threat to the community,” said Det. Constable Kirsty Martin.
In 2014, Airey was jailed for stealing irreplaceable war medals from a family whose home he’d broken into, according to Kent Online. During the trial, he refused to say what he’d done with the medals and they were never recovered. At the time, authorities referred to Airey as a “heartless drug addict.”