Note to burglars: If you sign on to your Facebook page on the victim’s computer, remember to log out.
Nicholas Wig was arrested on suspicion of breaking into a house in Dakota County, Minn., after the homeowner recognized Wig from Facebook page photos left open on the home computer, officials said.
“This is definitely the first case of this kind,” Monica Jenson, spokeswoman for the Dakota County Attorney General's office told the Los Angeles Times, laughing.
Homeowner James Wood returned home last week and found his front door unlocked. An outer screen from one of his windows had also been removed, according to the criminal complaint. Wood reported missing cash, a checkbook, credit cards, keys and a watch.
He also noticed that someone had used his computer to log on to Facebook. On the floor near the computer lay a pile of soaking wet shoes and jeans that did not belong to Wood or his son, Wood told police.
Later that morning, when Wood was driving around the neighborhood, he spotted a man on the street that looked just like the man in the Facebook photos he found on his computer and called the police.
When officers arrested Wig, he was wearing a watch that matched the description of the one taken in the burglary and had Wood’s car keys and iPod shuffle in his pocket, according to the complaint. Wig admitted to police that he had taken all of the property Wood reported stolen, the complaint said.
Wig has been charged with burglary in the second degree, a felony, according to the attorney general’s office. If convicted, he’ll face up to 10 years in jail and $20,000 in fines.
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