A word to all would-be digital age John Dillingers out there: your internet history and previous searches can be held against you as evidence in court. This is the lesson being learned the hard way by a trio of alleged bank robbers in Massachusetts who used Google to search for tips.
Sarah McLoud, Robert Owens, and Daniel Murphy were arraigned last Tuesday on charges connected to a bank robbery which took place on Friday of the previous week. When police searched McLoud’s personal computer for evidence, they found a history of incriminating Google searches which are now being used in court.
Amongst phrases the accused searched Google for were gems such as: “What happens if you rob a house?” “What happens if you rob a bank?” and my personal favorite, “If you’re going to rob a bank”.
McLoud was identified from bank surveillance footage by narcotics detectives, who recognized her as the subject of an on-going investigation into a heroin ring which Owens was also a part of. Along with getaway driver Murphy, the two are being charged with unarmed robbery and conspiracy to commit unarmed robbery. No word yet on if they can be charged for stupid Google searches.