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Google Maps Help Nab Bicycle Thief

As reported in the Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh is among the first 14 cities to be photographed for Google Maps’ Street View. The virtual tour technology has raised concern over privacy issues and spawned humorous articles reporting on the odd sightings captured by Google’s 360° cameras. Such incidences are rare, however, so imagine the surprise when bicycling barista Rachel Belloma confirmed her suspicion that her Cannondale was being borrowed while she worked.

streetmap.jpgInterestingly, while the folks at Google were able to map almost every street in the city, certain Pittsburgh neighborhoods escaped the roving cameras, either in-part or entirely. Missing out on the joys and benefits of zooming in on their homes are many residents of Homewood, Larimer, Lincoln-Lemmington, Braddock, McKeesport and parts of the Northside, Wilkinsburg and the Hill District.

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  1. Big BrotherOctober 16, 2007 at 9:21 am

    Great Story! I knew there was a good use for Street View other than all of the street view finds I have seen so far.

  2. danOctober 16, 2007 at 11:23 am

    So… wait, person in the photo with the bike is the thief, or the victim? How was the person caught?

  3. erokOctober 17, 2007 at 11:09 am

    That’s Stuart in the picture above!

  4. FritzOctober 17, 2007 at 12:32 pm

    Details, man! What are we looking at here?

  5. bellomaOctober 17, 2007 at 4:16 pm

    Who is this Stuart? Fool, that’s a girl.

  6. J-RODAugust 24, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Is she a victim or the thief?

  7. rayOctober 20, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    interesting which neighborhoods were left out of this: mostly poor and black…

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