Arrested through Streetview

Mon 22 June 2009 14:13, Bas van den Beld

Arrested through Streetview

We've seen it before in the US, but it's the first time we've seen it in the Netherlands and maybe even in Europe: a crime solved because of a picture in Google Streetview.

In Groningen two 24 year old twin brothers were arrested after they were identified on Streetview. They were then arrested for a robbery they had committed last september.

The victim himself, a 14 year old boy, found the picture on Streetview when looking for his own street. He was robbed of his mobile phone and 165 euros in cash.

Google blurs faces on Streetview, so at first the two robbers couldn't be identified, but Google eventually supplied the original pictures to the police. The picture shows the two robbers just before the act. The two brothers denied having robbed the boy. The funny thing is that if you look at the pictures on Streetview there are two more people in the street which must have been witnesses of the crime. The report doesn't say anything about that though.


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