A Minnesota man was arrested for burglarizing a St. Paul home after he allegedly used the victim’s computer and forgot to log out of Facebook.
Homeowner James Wood says he came home on June 19 to find his window broken and his credit cards, cash and watch missing.
It had been raining outside during the robbery, Wood told CBS Minnesota, and the suspect left his soaking wet clothes and Nike tennis shoes behind.
“I started to panic,” Wood said. “But then I noticed he had pulled up his Facebook profile.”
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Nicholas Wig, 26, allegedly logged in to Facebook and forgot to log out.
“World’s dumbest criminal,” Wood said.
Wood posted to Wig’s page that he had burglarized his home and left his phone number hoping someone might contact him with more information.
“I replied 'you left a few things at my house last night, how can I get them back to you,'” Wood recounted.
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Later that day he got a text from Wig himself. Wig agreed to meet with Wood, believing he would return his wet clothing in exchange for a cell phone Wig had stolen.
Before the exchange took place, Wood saw Wig on the street, recognizing him from his Facebook profile. He called police.
Police arrested Wig, who was wearing Wood’s watch, at the scene.
“I’ve never seen this before,” Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom told CBS News. “It’s a pretty unusual case, might even make the late night television shows in terms of not being too bright.”
Wig could face up to 10 years in jail and $20,000 in fines.