Google Street View leads to arrest of suspected caravan thief

The photograph taken from Google Street View that the owner flagged up to police. Credit: Google Street View

A man has been arrested over the theft of a caravan in Derbyshire three years ago after police reopened the case when the owner flagged up a photo from Google Street View.

The caravan was stolen from the owners driveway in Linton three years ago on June 5th 2009.

Despite forensic examinations of the wheel clamps that were securing the vehicle the offender was never traced and the caravan was never recovered.

But in 2010 when the owner of the white Abbey Adventurer looked at his house on Google Street View he found that a man with a 4x4 vehicle was parked on his driveway, leading to police to re-open the case.

A 49-year-old Coventry man was arrested in connection with the theft of the caravan and has been released on police bail while police continue their inquiries.