London - A car booby trapped by police in northwest London made one thief look like a nuclear mutant, alien or villain from a super hero movie.
Police say when Yafet Askale broke into the car and stole a laptop and other items, he was sprayed with an invisible liquid called Smartwater.
Police later picked him up, took his mug shot -- and took another under ultra-violet light. Under UV light, the liquid made him appear green.
He was found guilty of stealing from a car and sentenced to 49-hours of community service and a fine of 400-pounds, or about $650.
According to the Daily Mail newspaper, the Smartwater is nearly impossible to wash out of clothing and can stay on skin for weeks.
Police in Brent say the deterrent has led to a 40-percent drop in street robbery and an 80-percent drop in burglary.
Metropolitan Police (UK) via CNN Newssource