Thief Wheely Stupidly unlucky
- 9th November 2010
- Crazy but True Stories
Whilst a lot of people complain about the privacy issues of Google Street view, some people are very thankful.
You may struggle to get through the day without cursing technology in some form or other, but the Soanes family in Derbyshire were ec-static (pardon the pun) with their recent technological findings.
In June 2009 the family returned home to find their £12000 caravan missing from their driveway. It seemed to have disappeared without a trace, with no sign of any damage or disturbance.
Unfortunately, despite a neighbour having witnessed the caravan's removal, they had wrongly assumed that the thief was a family member or friend. Armed with only a vague physical description, the police had very little information with which to identify the perpetrator and the thief got away. Or so he thought...
Nine months later Reuben Soanes, the youngest member of the Soanes family, was surfing the web and stumbled on a surprise. In looking for his house on Street View he also found an uninvited guest with a 4x4 on their driveway. Unfortunately, despite the picture clearly showing the thief, the police have still been unable to identify him. Although the getaway car is in the foreground of the photograph, because of Google policy, the number plate has been blurred to in order to comply with privacy law and so the owner remains untraceable.
Whilst some may argue that this proves the 'Big Brother' nature of our society, the Soanes are grateful for the thief's exposure and for some light to be shed on their mystery.
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