Google Earth Helps Cop Nab Boat Dumper

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Google Earth has been a huge addition to the navigation and technological world, but we haven't really seen it used for anything other than TED demonstrations and at-home tinkering. But now, the cops are onto the software, and they're using it to track down the bad boys we hear about so often.

According to a new report from Florida, the virtual globe has been used to track down an illegally dumped boat. Deputy Gregory Barnes is the man deserving the praise, as he used Google Earth in order to assist him in discovering who owners a 1-ton boat that was dumped in an area he oversees. A 57 year old male was arrested this past weekend on a "felony charge of littering more than 500 pounds of waste."



Upon discovering the boat, Barnes noticed that the vehicle identification number and registration had been removed, so he turned to Google Earth to dig deeper. He was searching for "anyone who had that boat at the time the satellite image was taken," according to Marc Ward, a spokesman for the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office. A while later, he noticed the boat in a man's yard a bit earlier, and when confronting him, the man fessed up. Now, the 57 year old faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Google Earth saves the day, and ruins a life. It's tough being a digital superhero.
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Inspector replied on Tue, Mar 30 2010 3:01 PM | Locked

LMFAO littering 500 pounds! xD, i don't get it though... does 1 ton = 500 pounds???

Did the cop just spend his whole day looking at Google earth??? its not that easy to spot something like this over EARTH in general...

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Marius Malek replied on Tue, Mar 30 2010 3:47 PM | Locked

The Internet: Bringing down the cold hammer of justice. 

You can see a lot of interesting things on google earth. 

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JoelB replied on Tue, Mar 30 2010 4:17 PM | Locked

"more than 500 pounds". 1 ton > 500 lbs.

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Inspector replied on Tue, Mar 30 2010 4:37 PM | Locked

Could of just said more then 1 ton or 1 ton then to say more the 500 pound which could be 600 pounds xD

I should take a day off from gaming and look at Google Earth and see what i can find xD

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3vi1 replied on Tue, Mar 30 2010 5:10 PM | Locked

Inspector:

Could of just said more then 1 ton or 1 ton then to say more the 500 pound which could be 600 pounds xD

I should take a day off from gaming and look at Google Earth and see what i can find xD

The law itself probably applies to "500 pounds or more".  Which makes me wonder, if you threw six £100 pound notes in the water, are you in violation?  I probably should quit thinking.

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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Inspector replied on Tue, Mar 30 2010 6:17 PM | Locked

No :P lol the cops would just scoop up the money and pay them self :P lol

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Zestia replied on Tue, Mar 30 2010 6:44 PM | Locked

I get the feeling that Deputy Barnes has been at this for a long time and it finally paid off for him. And how surprised/shocked do you think the dumper was when the deputy arrived to confront him? No one dumps a one ton boat without making damn sure that no one has seen him.

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PrivateSquadie replied on Wed, Mar 31 2010 5:09 AM | Locked

1 ton = 2000 pounds

"felony charge of littering more than 500 pounds of waste."

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realneil replied on Wed, Mar 31 2010 9:33 AM | Locked

Having lived in the Mojave Desert for a great portion of my life and seen it trashed by illegal dumpers for years, I have no pity for people who dump trash into uncontrolled areas of our environment. I'm glad he was caught and applaud the Deputy who came up with a novel way to catch the guy too!

Now if the courts will just put him away for a long time and make an example of him,.....

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Inspector replied on Wed, Mar 31 2010 4:10 PM | Locked

LOL what kind of example would that be? i agree with you, littering and dumping things illegal s annoying that hurts the community where it is happening so i am glad he was caught. This method would only work for very large items :)

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animatortom replied on Thu, Apr 1 2010 3:50 AM | Locked

Yeah...So,They can do things like nab boat dumpers!

But they still cant find Flight 19 !!?!

This is where our NASA funding is going now. To watch glaciers and fix Toyota problems, instead of going back to the moon, or beyond!

500Lbs, That is one serious dump, Must have eaten at PF Chang's :P

Now seriously, go out and find Atlantis!

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Inspector replied on Thu, Apr 1 2010 3:56 AM | Locked

LOL animatortom! maybe they did find it! they just aren't tell you :P

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realneil replied on Fri, Mar 28 2014 11:30 AM | Locked

3vi1:
if you threw six £100 pound notes in the water, are you in violation?  I probably should quit thinking.

 

LOL! Sick Puppy,...............if you toss them in, don't forget to get them back,................

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Dan Schroeder replied on Tue, Apr 1 2014 11:00 AM | Locked

that's a lot of waste good thing they caught him!

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