Bank robbed. Suspect fell into a “Trap Street”?

At approximately 9:41 am on September 27, 2006, Palo Alto Police Officers received a call of a bank robbery in progress at the Union Bank at 4291 El Camino Real in Palo Alto.

According to reports the officers searched the surrounding areas and neighborhoods with the suspect’s description but were unable to locate the suspect.

Looking for 4291 El Camino Real, Palo Alto on Google Maps shows that the street just northwest of the bank is called Dinahs Ct. One would assume the police searched Dinahs Ct.

But did they?

Google Maps

The street has the same name on both Yahoo Maps and MapQuest. But not at which is powered by the Google Maps API.

On, the street just north west of the Union Bank at 4291 El Camino Real in Palo Alto is called Tamarack Ct. The same is true for other maps applications powered by Google Maps API.

4291 El Camino Real Palo Alto on

Why would all popular mapping services name a street in one way while the Google API names it in another?

It could be that NAVTEQ provides Google (and the other mapping services) with more than one version of the map digital database. The Google Maps API database may be older or newer and thus have outdated or updated street names.

But, it could also be a “Trap Street“, that is a fictitious street included on a map for the purpose of “trapping” potential copyright violators.

So, if this is the case - the police should search both Dinahs Ct. and Tamarack Ct. - maybe the suspect fell into the “trap” and will be easy to apprehend… ;-)

One Response to “Bank robbed. Suspect fell into a “Trap Street”?”

  1. System Blog for » Blog Archive » NAVTEQ gets out there and gets it right Says:

    […] A while back, while reviewing bank branch locations, we thought we found a “trap street”. Well, as it turns out, it is most likely we didn’t. […]

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