Alleged Burglar Caught After Signing On To Facebook at Victim's Home

| by Lisa Fogarty

A Minnesota burglar didn’t just take items at a man’s home; he left something behind as well: his Facebook page – open on the victim’s computer screen.

James Wood reportedly returned home last week and discovered that his door was unlocked and some of his belongings – including money, a checkbook, credit cards, keys and a watch – were missing, reports the Los Angeles Times. But one obvious clue cleared up the burglary mystery in a snap: A Facebook page belonging to Nicholas Wig, 26, had been left open on Wood's computer.

Wig reportedly took a few minutes, while in the middle of burglarizing Wood’s home, to sign onto Facebook and check his page, according to police. The only problem was that he apparently forgot to log out. The victim didn’t close the suspect’s Facebook page, but instead updated “Nick Dub’s” status with the following post: “Watch out for this guy. He’s a thief,” KXAN-TV reports. He also left his phone number on the alleged criminal’s page and asked anyone with information to give him a call.

Wig himself actually texted Wood, reports ABC 13, and the victim used it as an opportunity to bait the burglar.

“I replied, ‘You left a few things at my house last night how can I get them back to you,’” Wood said, referring to wet shoes and jeans that he found in his home which did not belong to him or his son.

Wig returned to the house he had reportedly burglarized, thinking he would get back his items in exchange for a recycled phone he had stolen from Wood. Police were waiting for Wig when he arrived and arrested him on the spot. Wood was able to retrieve all of his stolen items, and Wig allegedly admitted that he had taken all of the items the victim reported missing.

The suspect has been in trouble with the law before. He was reportedly convicted of second-degree burglary in 2008 and has domestic assault misdemeanors and pending drug charges against him. He has been charged with second-degree burglary and faces up to 10 years in jail and $20,000 in fines.

Sources: Los Angeles Times, KXAN-TV, ABC 13