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NO CONSCIENCE? DON’T BELIEVE IN SANTA? DON’T WORRY THERE’S GOOGLE

March 30th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

FLORIDA DEPUTY USES GOOGLE EARTH TO MAKE ARREST

Now Imagine, you’re doing something that you shouldn’t be doing.  Don’t people get it yet?  You’re being watched.  It still amazes me that people commit murder with DNA typing and modern forensics.  Are we that savagely uncontrollable that we just don’t care?

I guess people are going to be people anyway.  And I guess if they’re not feeling a sense of conviction for doing something wrong – they can always have the Sky Cops or Google in the back of their brain.  Santa only works on kids until their about 5.  But now, we have a new weapon in the fight against crime and disobedience.

That’s right – Google.

PACE, Fla. – A Florida Panhandle deputy was able to track down and arrest a man on charges of illegally dumping a boat near his home with a surprising tool: satellite pictures provided by Google Earth.

Deputy Gregory Barnes used the images after finding an 18-foot boat dumped in an undeveloped subdivision about 15 miles north of Pensacola.

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

Authorities say Foster admitted dumping the boat and his son later removed it.

Police say it cost $18 to dispose of the boat at a landfill. Foster faces a $5,000 fine and up to five years in prison.

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