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Not Your Average Smartwater

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There's a new crime fighting weapon...catching thieves off guard.    

It's a chemical spray that leaves an incriminating stain on skin and clothing. 

Gio Benitez has more on why police are turning to Smartwater C-S-I.

It's the mist that police say marks the crook.

The spray used here in an undercover set-up, is laced with invisible and odorless paint that can only be spotted with a UV black light.

It's called Smartwater CSI -- and just last month, detectives equipped a decoy car with the spray at a south Florida parking garage..an alleged burglar taking the bait.

Det. Deanna Greenlaw of the Fort Lauderdale police: "He opens the door, he grabs something in the front seat, then he starts to rifle thru a wallet and that is when the smartwater agent sprays him."

He was marked.. and a judge mentioned it in court

"They examined him with the black light and detected that he had smartwater on his clothing and skin."

The chemical can last for years.

Police are sing it stings, store owners are using it like a booby-trap

Anyone who wants to protect their valuables, like a watch or I-phone can just mark them with the paint - if stolen and found, the DNA-like fingerprint on the chemicals can help police find the owner.

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