FBI Outs Bank Robbers Online Using Google Maps
They can run, but they can't hide.
When local televised news reports and leaflets just aren't doing enough, the hunt for bank robbers continues online.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has launched a new website, working closely with law enforcement officials to put the pinch on these criminals. Bank Robbers Search displays available photos of the suspects in action, and also provides a detailed description of their appearance, including their height, build and certain nuances of their appearance and attire at the time of the robbery.
But the site details even more than that, as it utilizes Google Maps to pinpoint locations where robbers strike, to point out any trend or area the crooks are sticking to. The site even goes as far as pointing out a "featured bank robber" on its main page — someone who has struck more than once, and in more than one city.
The site features updated information from the FBI's 56 field offices as well as law enforcement agencies across the United States. It was put together to help raise public awareness of these criminal acts, and perhaps even gain some assistance in tracking down the robbers before they strike again.
Along with the information on the website, the FBI will also display images on digital bus shelter billboards throughout Washington, D.C., where the program debuted earlier this month.