Google Street View caravan thief arrested

One of the strangest cases of theft ever recorded in the UK has been back in the spotlight after a man was arrested over a caravan disappearance in the East Midlands.

The caravan was taken without consent from a driveway of a house in Linton, Derbyshire, way back in June 2009. However, when the owner looked at his house on Google Street View, an eerie image came to light: a man, parked on his drive with the car doors open, standing near the pavement.

The theft took place sometime between 9:30 and 14:00, and it's believed the Google Street View car passed mere seconds before the theft was made.

A 49-year-old man from Coventry has been arrested on suspicion of theft and has been released on bail, pending further investigation.

The first inquiries made into the case yielded no results whatsoever, though the case was reopened in March 2010 when the Google-based image popped up. Derbyshire Constabulary worked hard with other police forces in order to secure the suspect, including those representing the West Midlands and Warwickshire.

Wheel clamps that had secured the white Abbey Adventura were left behind after the theft, and despite forensic examination of these and other items, the stolen vehicle was never found - something the owner undoubtedly hopes to get back.