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.READ MORE: Tracking The Tropics: Tropical Storm Peter Passing Near The Eastern Caribbean
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.READ MORE: One Dead, One Injured After Being Shot Near FTX Arena
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.MORE NEWS: Bronze Bust Unveiled At Burt Reynolds' Hollywood Gravesite
Jackson was arrested and charged with one count of Burglary Conveyance – Unoccupied.