Burglar Caught Using SmartWater Technology in Fort Lauderdale

Micheal Jackson Broward County Sheriff's Office

A crook trying to break into a car was outsmarted by a new high tech, crime-fighting tool.

Fort Lauderdale Police used the new SmartWater CSI, a forensically encoded liquid that leaves a trace on criminals that touch it, to catch 21-year-old Micheal Jackson.

The liquid, which goes on clear but shines neon when seen under ultraviolet black light, was placed on a decoy vehicle at the Beach Place garage at 17 South State Road A1A.

Officials had set up the decoy, equipped with alarm and video surveillance, at the garage due to a recent string of vehicle burglaries.

After 15 years in the United Kingdom, SmartWater CSI is now bringing what's in a little bottle to the United States to help fight crime. And it started by giving the water to 500 residents of the South Middle River neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale, said to have one of the highest break-in and theft rates in the city. NBC 6 reporter Donna Rapado has the story. (Published Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013)

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Authorities were notified of a break-in after the alarm was activated. When they arrived at the garage, officials confirmed the vehicle had been burglarized and the SmartWater had been deployed.

Using surveillance footage, police identified and located Jackson. Under a blacklight, his clothes and skin showed the presence of SmartWater CSI.

Fort Lauderdale Police say a new high-tech, crime-fighting water will soon be used to help catch criminals. SmartWater CSI is a forensically encoded liquid that can be applied to personal property or even sprayed on intruders to help police identify criminals. Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Frank Adderly and SmartWater founders Philip Clearly and Logan Pierson discuss. (Published Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013)

Jackson was arrested and charged with one count of burglary conveyance unoccupied and is being held at the Broward County Main Jail.

Fort Lauderdale Police unveiled the new SmartWater CSI technology in January. The liquid is non-hazardous, but nearly impossible to remove, leaving a mark for a minimum of five years. The mark is only visible under UV black light.

Police say the liquid can be sprayed over property or sprayed on a criminal in the middle of a robbery.

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