CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The burglar Chesterfield Police caught by using a unique forensic technology plead guilty to the crime in court on Thursday. Police apprehended Christopher Gaines after he broke into the Ettrick Deli back in April, his clothes were marked with a tool called SmartWater CSI during the break-in.
The deli fell victim to a string of burglaries, with six break-ins over six months. Following the sixth incident, police were aware the building was protected by SmartWater CSI and were able to identify glowing evidence that Gaines could have entered the building.
The SmartWater CSI is a liquid that only shows up under unique frequency UV light. The solution can be brushed on items or can be sprayed when triggered. Chesterfield Police have had the supplies for a few years but Gaine’s arrest was their first commercial success.
Gaines was indicted on charges of burglary, larceny and using a mask to conceal his identity earlier this week. He plead guilty in court on Thursday to statutory burglary. The prosecution chose not to pursue the larceny charge or mask related charge.