25 Shocking Crimes Caught On Google Earth

Posted by , Updated on November 12, 2021

Google Earth is as amazing as it is scary. With both their ability to use satellites and the Google Street View car, their eyes are everywhere. Of course, by taking so many pictures of the earth, they’ve run into some suspicious criminal activity. From armed robbery to indecent exposure, the Google Street View car has seen quite a bit. Curious to find out what they captured? These are 25 shocking crimes caught on Google Earth.

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Reckless Driving

reckless driving

Looks like someone needs to go back to driving lessons.


Apparent Kidnapping

naked man out of trunk

Assuming this guy wasn’t naked in his trunk by choice, it looks like the Google Street View car caught an apparent kidnapping and this guy is getting away.




There’s nothing more terrifying than driving down the road in a Google Car and witnessing an apparent shooting going down right in front of you.




While she didn’t entirely pull up her shirt in the picture, we’re guessing the Google driver saw the whole thing in action.


Public Urination


This man is either fascinated by shrubbery or he’s peeing out in public. We’re going with the latter.


Indecent Exposure


This man either doesn’t have a good belt around the house or he deliberately mooned the Google Street View car.


Drug Trafficking

drug deal

You don’t need to be Columbo to figure out that this is a drug deal.


Bike Theft

bike theft

Either his friend decided to walk or this guy saw a bike on the ground and decided he needed an extra.


Public Urination Part 2

Public-Urination 2

We get it. Gas station bathrooms are disgusting. But maybe don’t pee out on the highway?


Drug Ring Suspects

neighborhood grocerySource: http://nypost.com/2010/11/11/google-street-view-helps-capture-drug-ring-suspects/

These men loitering outside this grocery store were recognized by the police as drug dealers. The NYPD set up a sting operation and arrested them for selling heroin.



busted in brazil

Looks like these men were caught in the act of a crime and quickly busted by the police.



marijuanafieldSource: https://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2009/01/marijuana_field_found.html

A satellite image of a marijuana field in Switzerland, hidden behind a corn field, was discovered by police and they used it to make the eventual drug bust.




Google is always watching. That includes when you’ve hired a prostitute in a back alley in Manchester.


Breaking and Entering

breaking and entering

He’s either practicing his parkour or is breaking and entering into an apartment.


Prisoner Escape

prisoner escape

It looks like Google caught a prisoner escaping prison.



teen gunsSource: http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2012/09/20/google-maps-catches-teens-with-gun/

This group of teens pointed a firearm at the Google Street View car as it passed by. Later, a 1-year-old girl was found dead in a closet in the same house.



naked man

The Google Street View car had the misfortune of catching this naked guy in his backyard. Maybe no one talked to him about indecent exposure?


Stealing Stop Sign

stealing stop sign

Why this man is stealing a stop sign is beyond us. Maybe he got so fed up with stopping, he decided it was time for the sign to go?


Sexual Harassment


Google caught this guy getting handsy with a random woman on the street.



toilet paper house

We’re guessing this wasn’t the first or last house Google has found being vandalized with toilet paper.


Up to No Good?


This guy walking around with a hatchet in broad day light doesn’t look like he’s going to go chop down a cherry tree.


More Bicycle Thieves

bicycle_theivesSource: http://crimefeed.com/2015/02/google-earth-5-crimes-caught-street-view/

Shortly after the photo of this 14-year-old on the bike was taken, he was robbed of his bike, wallet, and phone. He had little luck finding the two responsible until he discovered the photo had come up on Google Street View with the two men standing right by him. The police quickly apprehended the men.


Grand Theft Auto

grand theft auto

He either hurt his back or he’s using a rod to break into that car.


Police Chase


The Google Street View car caught an active pursuit with police chasing the suspects on foot.


Home Invasion

burglarsSource: http://crimefeed.com/2015/02/google-earth-5-crimes-caught-street-view/

An Oklahoma City resident was held at gun point by men while they raided her house. She discovered this Google Street View image of these men hanging outside her house and recognized them. She called the police and they’re using it as a way to find the men.

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