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Brent Police release photo of first person caught in SmartWater sting

PUBLISHED: 18:38 11 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:39 15 April 2013

Haifa Mokuba has admitted theft and will be sentenced on April 17

Haifa Mokuba has admitted theft and will be sentenced on April 17

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Haifa Mokuba, from Tottenham, has admitted theft and will be sentenced next week

This is the face of the first person to have been caught in a sting carried out by Brent Police using SmartWater technology.

Haifa Mokuba, from Tottenham, North London, has admitted stealing a car on Monday which was marked with the anti-theft liquid by officers in the borough.

The 29-year-old was caught on camera eyeing up the car before stealing it unaware it had been marked and under surveillance.

Officers were alerted when the vehicle was taken and it was tracked to Holloway, north London, where Mokuba was arrested on Monday,

On Tuesday he appeared before Hendon Magistrates Court where he pleaded guilty to theft.

He will be sentenced on April 17.

SmartWater is invisible under normal light, but glows brightly under UV light, making it easily identifiable by the police.

No two SmartWater solutions have the same forensic code, meaning that marked items can be traced back to where they came from, provided that the solution applied has been registered with SmartWater.

It also allows the police to link suspects with crime scenes.


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