10 Incidents Caught on Google Street View


10 Crazy Crimes Caught with Google Street
View Someone needs to teach Google that sex tapes
are meant to be consensual. In 2013 Google Street View captured one couple’s
moment of passion when they got it on in a back alley in the English city Manchester. In the image, which was taken in Manchester’s
‘red light district’, a woman in leopard print leggings can be seen pleasuring a man
with his penis out in broad daylight. Luckily for the couple, the shocking image
of solicited sex and public indecency was swiftly removed off the street view website. 9. Child catcher In 2009 Rose Maltais kidnapped her 9-year-old
granddaughter Natalie, after threatening the girl’s parents that they would never see
their child again. The parents called the police, who decided
to track Natalie’s location using the GPS from her cell phone. Her phone signal showed that she’d crossed
into the state of Virginia. The police put the cell phone’s signal coordinates into
Google street view and used it to locate a nearby hotel. The local police service was then notified
that Natalie and her grandma could be found in the Virginia Gatehouse motel. Police hastily
ransacked the building and recovered the shaken child. 8. Public pissing When one Frenchman was captured urinating
outdoors, you’d think he’d be the one getting in trouble. Instead, the man sued Google for more than
$110,000 in damages, citing “Invasion of privacy”. He claimed he’d become the laughing stock
of his village after locals identified him as the mystery leaker in late 2010. However, he lost the case and was also instructed
to pay Google France a fine of $1500, as he’d mistakenly taken them to court, not the American
parent company Google Inc. who were responsible for the pic. 7. Sock cell phone In 2015 John Spence kidnapped businessman
Sander Cokelaere in an elaborate attempt to obtain money. Spence believed Cokelaere’s employer owed
him money, so he tied him to a tree, threatened him with an air gun, and demanded $2,900. Throughout the shocking ordeal, Cokelaere
hid his cell phone in his sock. When Spence abandoned him to retrieve the
money, Cokeleare used Google maps to find his location and send a screen shot to his
boss. His boss got in contact with the police, who
were able to use Google Street View to track Cokelaere’s whereabouts. Spence was arrested and found guilty of blackmail,
theft, fraudulent use of a bankcard, and kidnapping. He was jailed for 8 years. 6. Police Chase When two Serbian students turned to robbery
hoping to make some quick cash, their plan was soon foiled. In October 2013 the hopeful duo were scoping
out a jewelry store in Serbia’s second largest city, Novi Sad. However, suspicious locals called the cops,
triggering a frantic police chase. By chance, Google Street View’s team happened
to be traveling in the same direction and managed to capture it all. After being caught, one student was found
to be armed. 5. Chicago drug deal The South Side of Chicago is an infamous hotbed
of drug abuse. And in 2008 a drug deal was captured from nine different angles. Evidently the Google Street View camera didn’t
deter the buyer, who stayed to complete the deal on the city’s South Vincennes [vin-senz]
Avenue. The car’s number plate is clearly visible
in most of these shots, but there’s no information out there on whether the cops ever chased
this up. 4. Randy car pimp A spurned woman caught her husband cheating
when she spotted his Range Rover outside another woman’s house using Street View. Having claimed he was on a work trip, the
husband was discovered because of his distinctive “pimped out” hubcaps. The car was outside the house of a woman the
wife had long suspected of sleeping with her husband. Armed with the documented proof, the wife
filed for divorce proceedings immediately. 3. Chinese abductions In 1990, 5-year-old Luo Gang was kidnapped
and sold to a family 1,448 km away. He went over the memories of his past every
night hoping he’d be reunited with his family one day. 23 years later, he posted details of his old
town’s geographical features onto missing person forums. Online communities reading his posts helped
Gang to narrow down the location to the region of Szechuan in China. Meticulously scanning Google Street View,
Gang was able to zoom in on Yaojiaba village. It perfectly matched a sketch he had drawn
of his childhood home. Not long afterward, he had an emotional reunion
with his family. 2. Armed robbery Google Street View captured an armed robbery
on Junction Road in Johannesburg in February 2015. Images show a BMW initially pulling up behind
an ADT security van. Things turn sinister when two men get out,
approach the van, and hold the driver at gunpoint, before stealing his gun and fleeing. South African Police Services circulated the
images on social media to identify the culprits. 1. Captured by karma In 2011 an Oklahoma resident got home to find
that she had been robbed. That turned out to be the least of her worries. The culprits were still lurking inside. After holding her at gunpoint, one man turned
to her, saying, “I think my karma is going to catch up with me”. Three years later, the resident was on Google
Street View and saw that images of the perpetrators had been captured on the day of the crime,
outside her house. The resident handed the photos to Oklahoma
State Police, who used the images to appeal for witnesses.

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