A high-tech new crime-fighting tool rolled out by the Riviera Beach Police Department in June has led to its first arrest and left one suspect all wet behind the ears.
Police arrested Allen L. Hatten, 39, Friday night on suspicion of burglary and grand theft, according to a release from the department.
Police placed an unmarked bait car rigged with a SmartWater CSI Technology system, which sprays water laced with ultraviolet dye on would-be criminals.
According to a police report, officers conducting surveillance saw Hatten enter the bait vehicle Friday night and remove items from the car. As Hatten was exiting the car the Smartwater system was triggered and sprayed the water all over him. Police stopped him and found the items taken from the car nearby.
Officers used an ultraviolet scanner to see the colored dye, which is invisible to the naked eye, on Hatten’s neck, arms and clothing, according to the police report.