Florida Man Gets Googled and Arrested

Deputy used Google Earth to track down a criminal

You really can't get away with anything these days. No, seriously, it's practically impossible.

Never mind DNA testing and CSI kits, now criminals have to contend with Google Earth.

A Florida Panhandle deputy was able to track down and arrest a man on charges of illegally dumping a boat near his home after using Google Earth.

Deputy Gregory Barnes used the virtual globe after finding a 1-ton boat dumped in an undeveloped subdivision just north of Pensacola. The vehicle identification number and registration had been removed.

But that didn't stop Barnes from turning into the 21st Century version of Sherlock Holmes - our apologies to Robert Downey Jr.

Barnes used Google Earth, which shows archived satellite and aerial images of communities across the world, to look at the surrounding area and saw a fuzzy image of the vessel at Dwight Everett Foster's home.

Authorities say Foster admitted to dumping the boat. His son later removed it.

Score another win for the good guys and bad guys beware. Google Earth is always watching.

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