FT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Ft. Lauderdale police went high tech to catch a crook after a rash of vehicle break-ins at the Beach Place parking garage.

Investigators parked a decoy vehicle in the garage, at 17 South State Road A1A, which was loaded with video surveillance, an alarm, and SmartWater CSI.

SmartWater CSI is what you might call a crime fighting spray. When the alarm is triggered, it mist the chemical throughout the inside the vehicle. It leaves a harmless chemical which stains the skin and clothes. The spray is similar to DNA – in that it’s unique to each customer.

Saturday morning around 8:40 a.m. the vehicle’s alarm went off. Arriving officers found it had been burglarized and the SmartWater CSI had been deployed.

Detectives with the Property Crimes department viewed the surveillance images and identified their suspect as 21-year old Michael Jackson, according to police.

Police tracked down Jackson and used a black light which reportedly revealed SmartWater CSI on his clothes and skin.

Jackson was arrested and charged with one count of Burglary Conveyance – Unoccupied.


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