Weeks later the couple’s 11-year-old son Reuben logged on to Street View, where pictures taken by Google’s specially adapted cars are uploaded allowing users to see panoramic views of streets.
Reuben looked at his home and was stunned to discover a photograph apparently taken while the theft was taking place.
In accordance with site rules, the number plate of the alleged thief’s 4x4 vehicle was blurred out. Police contacted the internet group requesting the original photograph so they could trace the suspect. But Google refused to help, saying: “Only if you get a court order.”