Massachusetts authorities say thermal imaging technology has for the first time helped a jury convict someone of a crime in the state.
Prosecutors say Jose Rodriguez of Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood was convicted on Monday of illegal possession of a loaded gun and sentenced to 2 1/2 years in jail.
Authorities say the 25-year-old Rodriguez was seen throwing something into the snow last January as police chased him for questioning. He was apprehended, and police retracing his steps used a thermal imaging camera to find a gun in the snow.
The 9 mm handgun showed up lighter than its surroundings because it retained the body heat of the person who had been carrying it.
Rodriguez and his lawyer had no comment. Har!