Google Earth tracks 'boat culprit'
A Florida sheriff's 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.
The Pensacola News Journal reports that Deputy Gregory Barnes used the images after finding an 18ft 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 dollars (£12) to dispose of the boat at a landfill. Foster faces a 5,000-dollar (£3,293) fine and up to five years in prison.