Google Maps represents one of the most used tools in the world to find directions easily. Its utility has increased in recent times with the advent of home delivery and services. However, this application has been involved in situations that have surpassed it and become more than a simple maps app. We have a sample of this in some crimes, which have been solved with the help of Google Maps.
Thus, police forces in the United States and Europe have taken advantage of the advantages provided by their position and location to apprehend some thugs.
Crimes solved with the help of Google Maps
Kidnapping and sexual assault in 2017
On June 16, 2017, a 30-year-old woman in Milwaukee called 911 to report that she was attacked, sexually assaulted, and her phone was stolen by two men. As always, a detailed description of the perpetrators and the vehicle they were in was provided, although this was not enough to solve the case.
The solution was found in that the woman’s mobile was stolen, a Samsung Galaxy with Google Maps. Immediately, officials asked Google to build a virtual fence at the crime scene to locate the equipment that was present at the time.
In this way, it was possible to find the culprits who were sentenced to 100 years in prison.
Mafia killer caught after 20 years
Gioacchino Gammino was one of Italy’s 100 Most Wanted Men and was, in fact, captured. However, in 2002 he managed to escape from his prison in Rome and fled to Spain where he started a new life under the name Manuel Mormino.
Gioacchino Gamino’s new life unfolded in Gallapéjar, a town near Madrid, where he founded a greengrocer and an Italian restaurant. This was precisely their downfall, because the establishments had very good ratings on Google. These fingerprints, along with a photo on Facebook of his restaurant, raised the alert of officers apprehending him at the age of 61.
Dutch thief caught in Street View
In 2009, a 14-year-old boy was assaulted by two criminals in Holland. Months later, the victim was browsing through a street scene and saw a photo of her assailants at the crime scene.
On complaint, the authorities acted immediately. The attackers were caught and one of them confessed to theft.