Dramatic “heist” captured on Google Maps turns out to be pranksters with glue gun
A “burglary” appears to have been caught in the act on Google Maps – but on closer inspection, one prankster has immortalized “while supporting” another with a glue gun.
Father-of-one Darren Honeyman and his co-worker of 15 years Dave Hutchinson were at work in Darlington, County Durham in January when they spotted an approaching Google Earth van around the corner .
Unable to resist the temptation to have their antics recorded so the world could spot them while browsing Google, the pair staged the mock heist with just seconds’ notice.
The 52-year-old can be seen pointing what looks like a big gun at Dave, 38, as he stood there frozen with both hands in the air – but with careful zooming in it’s possible to spot the “weapon” is actually a glue gun.
The electrical engineer said the spontaneous snap was “just a little bit fun” and joked that they were training for their “next pork pie heist” as it came out of a famous butcher. “.
The “hilarious” snap has garnered more than 1,200 likes, comments and shares on Facebook and the couple have even been hailed as “complete legends” for their opportunistic stunt.
Darren, from Darlington, County Durham, said: ‘We were just at work and we pulled up around the corner and saw the Google Earth van coming up and I said’ for once we’ll have a pose that we will define “.
“The closest thing we had was the glue gun and ourselves, so we jumped up and posed just for a little fun.
“I’m the one holding the gun, it’s Dave who gets attacked.
“There’s a famous pie shop called Taylor’s, which is why I said it was a stick for a pie – we were training for our next pork pie heist.
“It made us both laugh – you can’t take yourself seriously all the time and you have to see the funny side of most things.”
The father-of-one said he was surprised on Google Earth a few years ago as he and Dave tried to open the shutters that had grabbed onto their business premises.
He said they spotted the “weird” snapshot of them by chance while looking on Google Earth, so when they noticed the van this time around, he said “for once we’ll have a pose that we define “.
Darren said: “We found out through a few people and even someone in the store said ‘you are famous’.
“A neighbor said ‘watch what the two of you are doing’ and someone posted it on Facebook.
“Someone must have checked Google Earth for some reason, seen it and published it.
“We just took the risk as it came – most people would have walked past I don’t know.”
Dave added: “It was just a laugh – we have a little [joke about] at work.”