LEICESTER, Mass. (WPRI) — Rhode Island-based toy company Hasbro sent a supply of its iconic Play-Doh to the Leicester Police Department this week after officers said the product helped catch a shoplifting suspect.
Hasbro shipped several boxes of Play-Doh to the police department with a note lauding the department for finding a use for Play-Doh that the company had not come up with, The Telegram reported.
The police department shared a picture of their Play-Doh haul on their Facebook page Wednesday.
The thank you post read, “Today the LPD received a package from Hasbro filled with Play-Doh along with a nice note recognizing the work that LPD officers put into the Play-Doh fingerprint case. The Play-Doh will be used to put smiles on the faces of some children in our community. Very nice gesture by Hasbro!! Greatly appreciated!!”
Hasbro’s Play-Doh account on Facebook responded to the post, “It was our pleasure. Keep up the great work!”
Chief James Hurley says the force appreciates the recognition and will send a thank-you note to Hasbro, according to The Telegram.
On December 11 Leicester police responded to Walmart after an employee found several anti-theft devices covered in Play-Doh in an attempt to silence them. Police said the suspect fled but left behind a fingerprint impression in the clay.
The Play-Doh evidence was sent out for analysis and police said it led to the arrest of 55-year-old Dennis Jackson. Jackson was charged with unlawful removal of an anti-theft device.
Police say he faces arrest warrants in at least two other states.