10 Times Google Maps Caught Criminals In the Act | 22 Words

Google Earth and, in particular, Google Street view, allow users to travel city streets and the entire planet without setting foot outside.

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They make life easier in a lot of ways, but for law enforcement, Google Earth and Street View have proven to be great tools in identifying crimes and nabbing the criminals. Take a look at ten times the eye in the sky caught bad guys in the act.

A guy was dragged off his bike by two men who then stole it.

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Fortunately, the Google Street View car was around and the cops were able to use the photos it took to ID the criminals and arrest them.

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In 2013, Oregon cops saw something awry with a satellite photo from Google Earth.

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Zooming in...sure enough. It was a marijuana farm, hiding in plain sight.

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The Greek government took a different approach, using the apps to bust tax evaders. You're probably wondering how...

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They used a birds-eye view to look for lavish expenses like pools, cars, boats, and villas. They'd then follow up to see if the homeowners had reported them.

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A landowner in 2013 looked at his land on Google Earth and saw a car that he assumed someone was using as an illegal hunting blind.

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He called the cops and learned that the car had been reported stolen six months earlier.

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A UK family had their camper stolen right out of their driveway.

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The son used Street View to find any clues and stumbled upon the very picture of the man stealing it. The cops tracked him down.

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A Florida man was found guilty of dumping a twenty-foot boat illegally off the coast.

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The police found the boat, then traced it to the man who dumped it.

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Prostitutes turn up frequently on Google Street view, often in the middle of conducting business.

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Over 5,000 hookers have been spotted on Google Street View, though cops rarely bother to track down the offenders.

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Treehuggers will be happy to know that the Philippines used Google Earth to monitor illegal logging activity in the forest.

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They've managed twelve arrests based on their operations.

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In Brooklyn, a Street View car captured a gang selling heroin on the streets.

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Google turned the images over and the pics resulted in the arrest of six people.

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This Google Street View car caught a police chase on the streets of Serbia.

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Here's the suspect fleeing on foot. They got him, and that arrest was captured on camera, too.

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