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Man used Google Earth to steal lead roofing

by on16 March 2009


Nicked £100,000 worth of lead

A Brit pleaded guilty for stealing £100,000 worth of lead roofing, and he says he used Google Earth to locate his loot.

Tom Berge, a 27-year-old builder, pleaded guilty at Sutton Magistrates Court, and received an eight-month suspended sentence and 100 hours of community service.

Detective Sergeant Chris Grant says Berge was a responsible for numerous thefts, and claims "figures for theft of lead have reduced significantly" since he was nabbed.

Berge's friend says the lead thief used Google Earth to scour south London for suitable buildings to be stripped of their roofs. This is probably not what Google developers had in mind when they were stitching satellite photos of London together.

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Last modified on 16 March 2009
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