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Google Maps spots Street View robbers

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Street View helped police finger a group of suspected muggers

In one of the more unusual stories of the weekend, police in the Netherlands have used Google Maps' Street View to catch three suspects in a mugging.

The cops from Groningen contacted Google to ask for the original images taken by their Street View camera car after a robbery victim told them he had seen the suspects on the mapping website.

Mosaics lifted

When they received the un-blurred photos of three men matching the descriptions given by the 14-year-old victim, they moved in and arrested the gang.

A police spokesperson explained the unusual procedure leading to the arrests: "You must tell Google clearly why you want [the photos]. For us, it is unique."