POLICE in the London Borough of Brent have successfully apprehended a car thief after he was sprayed with a special green liquid called Smart Water which becomes visible under ultra violet lights.
Yafet Askale, 28, had broken into a car in Brent and stolen valuables, not knowing that it was a trap set by police. Upon arrest, Askale denied being involved in the robbery but was then put under ultra-violet lights, which showed him covered in the green liquid, making it easy for the police to secure a conviction.
During the robbery, Askale stole items including a laptop but unknown to him, this activated a system which sprayed him with the substance and alerted police the car had been broken into. Smart Water, which contains a dye that becomes visible under ultra violet light and is traceable.
Detective Inspector Madeline Ryder, of Brent Police, said: “This is another excellent example of the thorough work completed by Brent officers. Using the trap car technology, we were able to charge Askale and put him before the courts.
“The trap car forms part of an overall crime reduction strategy designed by Smart Water which is an effective weapon in the armoury of tools that we routinely use in Brent. We will continue to target those who are insistent on committing these types of offence.”
Askale was sentenced to 49 hours community service and fined £400 for his crime. Police in Brent are now offering free Smart Water kits to local car owners and say that crime has dropped as a result.