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Thieves Use Google Earth To Snap Koi Carps

In what could be marked as yet another incidence of soaring use of online technology in plotting crimes, police suspect that the fish thieves are using web pictures from Google’s mapping service, Google Earth, to steal costly Koi carp from garden ponds.

Thieves have reportedly been using detailed mapping technology of the service for pinning down gardens with ponds, where they can find the expensive Koi carp, worth £500 each, in addition to costly equipments.

As many as a dozen of thefts of the extraordinary fish and expensive equipments, cost of some of which were hundreds of pounds, have been reported over a period of three weeks across Hull, East Yorks.

Sam Gregory, a police community support officer, suggested that all the evidence points out the thieves are using online technologies to locate their targets, and citing the same, he said, “Google shows what is in your garden and you can see people's ponds”.

Consolidating the claims of use of Google Earth in carrying out thefts, he mentioned about one of the incidents by saying, “One of the properties targeted has an eight foot fence and is set back from the road. The pond is in the corner and can't be seen.”

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After thieves who stole the lead off church's roofs, now we've got fish collectors who nab Koi carps off ponds. Personally, I've tried Multimap's bird's eye features and was flabbergasted by the level of accuracy of the whole. Not necessarily exactly Google Streetview but more like Google Airview except its made by Google.

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