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Thief blocked security device with Play-Doh. That was a mistake, Mass. cops say

Police in Leicester, Massachusetts, say a shoplifter used Play-Doh to block a security device, leaving behind fingerprints they can used to identify a suspect.
Police in Leicester, Massachusetts, say a shoplifter used Play-Doh to block a security device, leaving behind fingerprints they can used to identify a suspect. Leicester Police Department

At the time, it probably seemed like an ingenious idea.

A shoplifter at a store in Leicester, Massachusetts, used neon green, yellow, blue and red Play-Doh to cover a security device that the retailer was using, police said Thursday.

The attempted thief apparently hoped the children’s modeling clay would outwit the store’s theft-prevention measures, according to police.

The Play-Doh trick didn’t work, though, so the would-be shoplifter ran off, police said. But not before leaving behind a pretty valuable piece of evidence: a fingerprint.

Leicester police described the print they were able to recover from the Play-Doh as “very good.”

“The print is being processed to identify the suspect,” police wrote on Facebook Thursday.

Facebook commenters asked police to post a photo of the suspect once they track him or her down.

“How do these ‘thieves’ get themselves dressed in the morning with that level of stupidity?” one commenter asked.

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