Dye Trap Nabs Green-Faced Thief

London police testing invisible spray

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 1, 2013 2:35 AM CDT | Updated Oct 1, 2013 8:13 AM CDT

(Newser) – A luckless thief in London was caught not red-handed, but green-faced after breaking into a police "decoy car" equipped with a dye trap, the BBC reports. The 28-year-old, who stole a laptop and other items from the car, was arrested when the system alerted police to the theft and was convicted when police produced photos of his face glowing bright green under ultraviolet light.

The otherwise invisible liquid had been sprayed on him by the booby-trapped car. Police in London are in the process of testing three separate devices that spray thieves with a fine mist that can link them to specific incidents through a combination of chemicals as well as turning them green, reports the Daily Mail.

Thief Yafet Askale, 28, as seen normally, left, and under ultra violet light, after his arrest.
Thief Yafet Askale, 28, as seen normally, left, and under ultra violet light, after his arrest.   (AP Photo / Metropolitan Police)
« Prev« Prev | Next »Next » Slideshow
My TakeCLICK BELOW TO VOTE
15%
3%
1%
78%
2%
1%
To report an error on this story, notify our editors.

NEWS FROM OUR PARTNERS
Other Sites We Like:   The Street   |   HitFix   |   PopSugar Tech   |   RealClear   |   24/7 Wall St.   |   CollegeHumor   |   Barstool Sports   |   OK!