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Fingerprint left in Play-Doh leads to shoplifting suspect

The Associated Press

LEICESTER, Mass. – A Massachusetts police department says a fingerprint left in a hunk of Play-Doh led them to a shoplifting suspect.

This undated photo released by the Leicester Police Department shows a fingerprint left in a hunk of Play-Doh that led them to a shoplifting suspect at a Walmart in December 2017. The suspect used the malleable clay-like toy in an apparent attempt to neutralize several electronic anti-theft devices. That attempt failed, but the suspect left a fingerprint impression. Police announced Wednesday, May 2, 2018, that the Connecticut Forensics Laboratory helped find a match for the print. (Leicester Police Department via AP)

Leicester police responded to Walmart on Dec. 11 after an employee found several electronic anti-theft devices that had been covered in the malleable clay-like toy in an apparent attempt to neutralize them.

The attempt to disable the spider-wrap devices failed, and the suspect had fled.

He did, however, leave a fingerprint impression in the Play-Doh.

Police announced Monday the Connecticut Forensics Laboratory helped find a match for the print.

Police charged 55-year-old Dennis Jackson with unlawful removal of an anti-theft device. Police say he has a long criminal record and faces arrest warrants in at least two other states.

Jackson is jailed and it’s not clear if he had a lawyer.