In the most recent
of Google Earth being used for mischief, British Builder Tom Berge used the program to zoom in on historic buildings before stripping them of nearly $227,000 worth of lead from their roofs.
The area that was afflicted by this thieving Brit was primarily South London, where nary a museum, church or school was spared. The 27-year-old admitted to using Google Earth to aid him in more than 30 locations. Berge was served with eight months of jail time and 100 hours of community service.
According to Detective Sergeant Chris Grant, who was in charge of the investigation, “He was a prolific offender up until the time he was arrested. Since then our crime figures for theft of lead have reduced significantly.”