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APDN's DNA-based anti-theft solution for cash in transit helped convict three more dangerous criminals in the United Kingdom this week. According to court documents, the convicted thieves, who beat, punched, and kicked a security guard in a cashbox robbery in Gravesend, Kent, England, were sentenced to a total of seven years and three months in prison.
Stony Brook, NY (PRWEB) February 25, 2014
Applied DNA Sciences (OTCQB: APDN), (Twitter: @APDN), a provider of DNA-based anti-counterfeiting technology and product authentication solutions, announced today that its DNA-based anti-theft solution for cash in transit helped convict three more dangerous criminals in the United Kingdom this week. According to court documents, the convicted thieves, who beat, punched, and kicked a security guard in a cashbox robbery in Gravesend, Kent, England, were sentenced to a total of seven years and three months in prison.
The APDN product, based on forensic SigNature® DNA markers, protects about 26% of the cash in transit in the UK, and has contributed to the jailing of 74 criminals, many of them arrested for armed and dangerous acts, resulting in sentences totaling more than 350 years in prison. The product has had a 100% conviction rate since its introduction in 2009.
The arrest and convictions by Kent police were part of Operation Venom, aimed at reducing violent attacks in the county.
According to court records (see below) in November 2012, a gang of thieves viciously attacked and beat a security guard carrying a cashbox into a store, stole a Mini Cooper for their getaway, and thought they had safely made off with £17,000 ($28,295). But the stolen cash boxes deployed, dousing the cash and the thieves with a unique Applied DNA Science's SigNature® DNA marker; the unique content of the sequence encoded in the DNA, linked the stolen cash straight to that specific crime.
According to court documents, later the gang tried to pass off the marked cash at numerous betting establishments across Kent and neighboring London, where employees identified the cash and passed it to police. Law enforcement in the United Kingdom, routinely in touch with APDN, sent the cash notes to the company's labs for forensic analysis.
Kent Police Detective Constable Paul Walker who led the Police investigation, stated: "Our operations make use of a wide variety of the most efficient policing techniques, and technologies. Products based on SigNature DNA have been among our most effective tools." The case file ID is 46/XY/3531/13-CIT ROBBERY ASDA Gravesend 06 1212. The men first appeared before Maidstone Crown Court between November 2013 and January 2014 where they admitted their crimes.
A version of the DNA marker called DNANet is used in anti-intrusion products that protect homes and businesses, anti-theft and security smoke products like DNA Fog/Smoke Cloak. The home assets protection version of the platform is currently being used in a trial by London police in 2,000 homes in the boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark.
Commented Tony Benson, Managing Director, EMEA for APDN: "These new convictions only underline the power of our company's anti-theft product line, including DNANet all share the unrivaled, forensic accuracy of SigNature DNA."
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About Applied DNA Sciences
APDN is a provider of botanical-DNA based security and authentication solutions that can help protect products, brands, entire supply chains, and intellectual property of companies, governments and consumers from theft, counterfeiting, fraud and diversion. SigNature® DNA describes the uncopyable marker that is at the heart of all of our security and authentication solutions. SigNature DNA is at the core of a family of products such as DNANet, our antitheft product, and digitalDNA, providing powerful track and trace. All provide a forensic chain of evidence and can be used to prosecute perpetrators.
The statements made by APDN may be forward-looking in nature. Forward-looking statements describe APDN's future plans, projections, strategies and expectations, and are based on assumptions and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of APDN. Actual results could differ materially from those projected due to our short operating history, limited financial resources, limited market acceptance, market competition and various other factors detailed from time to time in APDN's SEC reports and filings, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed on December 20, 2013 and our subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. APDN undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, events or circumstances after the date hereof to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
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