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“… my Lord, we worked hard all night and we didn’t catch any fish…”
“throw the net on the right side and you shall find …”

No. Three circles around his own house, passing by victims house and few dozen other houses.
His routine route. There’s no excuse for what the police was doing. They were just looking for the scapegoat.

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He looked up his route on the day of the March 29, 2019, burglary and saw that he had passed the victim’s house three times within an hour, part of his frequent loops through his neighborhood, he said.

Do you have information about this case beyond what is in the linked article? Or have I missed some details in that article?

Well, where does this sentence says it was circles around this house? Why on Earth getting on the bike and riding in circles should be perceived as suspicious behavior?


It doesn’t. The circles seems to have been introduced at some point, possibly due to confusion.

The bottom line is not the “circles” or “loops”. It is that the person who was arrested had been past the victim’s house three times in quick succession, whether by loops around that house, loops not around that house, or retracing a path, or something else.

The article does not say that he circled his own house, or even that he passed his own house three times.

All I’m saying is that I can see why: Google’s coughed up data + police suspicion filter => that particular guy.

I don’t endorse that Google collected the data. I don’t endorse that the police are legally permitted to use or do use the data.

I think the guy was lucky that he was able to review his own path. Just because Google collects it doesn’t mean that he himself has access to it directly on his own phone, months after the event.

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And this is suspicious and warrants harrasing the guy and forcing him to spend mony on lawyers?
This is my point: Guy gets on a bike, and rides around his neighborhood. After one round, he doesn’t get enough, so he rides again, and again… His route passes by practically every house in the neighbourhood. The houses are just next to the road, after all.
Saying that this behavior looks suspicious is what horrifies me.
All the reason for keeping things private, because people are so quick to blame someone. It’s the rule “if he was innocent, police would not have investigated him” right here. Horrible, horrible, horrible.


As I wrote: I don’t endorse that Google collected the data. I don’t endorse that the police are legally permitted to use or do use the data.

It shouldn’t happen but it does happen because it is legal. Changing the world to make this illegal may be difficult or impossible. In the meantime


If the guy on his bicycle had a phone with hardware kill switches and left them turned off by default, then he would have never have been bothered and there would be no story.


Possibly his cycling app requires the cellular modem to be on? (e.g. no offline maps)

If the guy had a phone that wasn’t Google / Apple then …

poor guy … and now he’s the one guilty for not knowing or not being able to afford such a device in the first place …

what a dark place we are heading towards … you know, you can only defend an entrenched position for so long until you are betrayed or your resources run out …

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