A MAN was arrested after he was found in possession of nearly £5,000 pounds worth of stolen camera equipment that had been marked with SelectaDNA.
A member of staff at a Cash Converters store in Hammersmith became suspicious when the man tried to sell the items for only £100 and contacted police.
Hammersmith Police had recently set up a partnership with Cash Converters to prevent criminals selling on stolen goods and to help return them to their rightful owners.
The fact that the camera equipment was marked meant that officers from MPS Hammersmith were able to trace the goods back to the true owner because of the microdots contained in the marking.
Selectamark’s Police Liaison Officer Nick Roach was involved in the identification process and issued a statement that was used as evidence by Police. As a result, the 43-year old suspect appeared in court and was given a rehabilitation order and a fine.
PC Michel Soljava-Duprat from Hammersmith Police said: “We are always striving for new and innovative ways to reduce crime and gather intelligence on those who are committing crime in the borough.
“This incident demonstrates the extent officers regularly go to in finding the rightful owners of stolen goods. Seeing the surprise and happiness on the victim’s face as he was reunited with his much loved camera equipment is well worth the hard work.”
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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