FOUR youths have been arrested and charged with lead theft, after SelectaDNA Grease was used to successfully place them at the scene of the crime.
The young men stole lead worth £12,000 from the roof of a Salvation Army building in Church Street, Blackpool, in the early hours of one morning in July.
The lead roof and cornicing had previously been painted with forensically-coded SelectaDNA Grease, which is designed to protect outdoor materials such as metal roofing and copper piping from theft.
Once marked goods are handled, SelectaDNA Grease instantly transfers onto the hands and clothing of a metal thief. The police can then scan suspects with UV detection equipment to locate traces of the substance.
The missing lead from the Salvation Army building was later recovered by police at one of the gang’s home addresses. Because the lead sheeting had been marked with grease it was easily traced back to the source, proving without doubt that it had been stolen from that particular site.
PC Duncan Worsley from St Anne’s Police Station, said: “The youths were concerned at how the forensic grease would incriminate them and they held their hands up and admitted to the crime. They are now awaiting a court appearance.”
He continued: “SelectaDNA Grease is being used to protect vulnerable buildings in the area and this incident is proof that it works and can result in the arrest of those that steal.”
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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