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Thief Yafet Askale caught out by 'invisible' dye

Yafet Askale
Image caption Yafet Askale denied the charge of theft but police said the invisible dye proved he had been in the car

A thief who broke into a decoy car was caught out due to an "anti-crime" dye that turned his face bright green.

Yafet Askale, 28, was sprayed with the substance, which can only be seen under ultraviolet light, when he broke into a police "trap car" in Harlesden, north-west London.

Askale denied the charge of theft from a motor vehicle, but was convicted at Hendon Magistrates' Court.

Police said that the dye proved Askale had been in the car.

He was also found to have a number of stolen items, including a laptop.

Askale, of Harlesden Gardens, Harlesden, was sentenced on Friday to 49 hours of community service and was ordered to pay £400 costs.

Brent Police said they had also been providing residents with invisible dye kits so they can mark their property to deter thieves.

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