Saturday 27 May 2017

Thieves come unstuck in glue move

A special glue device has been designed to give bank robbers a sticky problem
A special glue device has been designed to give bank robbers a sticky problem

Super adhesive glue is the latest weapon being used to foil robbers trying to get their sticky fingers on wads of cash.

Several companies have begun using a novel device that injects glue into cash boxes if they are snatched from security officers transporting money.

The special formula quickly seeps into the packed notes, sealing them together and transforming the haul into a completely worthless brick of paper.

Police said the ruse is the latest in a line of techniques aimed at beating cash robbers who often threaten security staff with guns and knives.

The glue is being trialled at several locations across London and could be rolled out across the country if it seals the fate of thieves.

It is used alongside "DNA" chemicals that help police link cash to a crime and brightly-coloured dyes that explode over notes, incriminating anyone who tries to spend them.

Detective Chief Superintendent Graham McNulty, who is responsible for the Met's organised crime command, said police want to remove the profit from robbery.

He said while dye packs incriminate users, notes can still be laundered through change and ticket machines at railway stations, casinos and supermarkets.

Mr McNulty said: "The glue will stop the money being useful to criminals. If the box is snatched there is an opportunity to detonate it.

"The glue is released and it goes through the money, binding it together, thereby taking the motive from the crime."

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