Brazilian detectives quickly cracked a case of stolen paint, but the investigation demanded something less than rocket science.
The clues were right there, in white on black.
A pair of alleged paint burglars led the detectives directly from the scene of the crime to one of the perpetrator’s doorsteps.
What gave them up? Acrylic white paint.
According to the report in the U.K.’s Daily Mail, the two men broke into a building belonging to a charity in Uberlandia, south east Brazil, and stole 12 cans of paint.
During the heat of the escape, one of the paint cans dropped and one of the thieves stepped in the spilled coating before fleeing down the road and through a park, the report said.
According to the police, the next morning they followed the footprints, which led them directly to the suspects’ hideout.
A police spokesperson told the Daily Mail, “Because the paint was acrylic the footprints were permanent and water resistant, so even heavy rainfall that night failed to wash them away.”
Another piece of evidence to support the conclusion that the water-borne acrylic paints of today can do the job.
Case closed. Or shall we say, can closed.