Shoplifting suspect busted by fingerprint left in Play-Doh

Playing with Play-Doh proved to be a bad idea for one shoplifting suspect in Massachusetts.

Police in Leicester said they’ve matched a fingerprint left behind on a multi-colored mass of Play-Doh by a suspect who unsuccessfully tried to use the modeling compound to thwart an anti-theft device at a store.

“The suspect is currently residing at the Worcester County House of Correction and is wanted in at least two other states,” the Leicester Police Department posted Monday.

The department originally posted about the unusual use of Play-Doh on its Facebook page in late March, saying the suspect’s attempt to mask a security device didn’t pass with flying colors.

“The LPD investigator recovered the Play-Doh and found the suspect has left more than just the Play-Doh behind,” the department posted on March 29. “The suspect left a very good fingerprint pressed into the Play-Doh for the LPD.”

The print was later processed to identify a suspect, leading authorities last month to Dennis Jackson, 55, according to the Boston Globe.

Leicester Police Department

“By leaving his fingerprints, the scheme didn’t work,” Leicester Police Chief James Hurley told the newspaper, adding it’s the first time he’s seen Play-Doh used in such a way during his 35-year law enforcement career.

Jackson, who faces four counts of unlawful removal of an anti-theft device, tried to steal electronics from a Walmart by masking the security system with a mix of red, blue and green Play-Doh. He had already been in custody on unrelated charges at the Worcester County House of Correction, Hurley said.

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