News

Burglar busted by his own Facebook

Burglar busted by his own Facebook

STUPID CRIMINAL: Police say Nicholas Wig admitted entering the house, swapping his rain-soaked clothes for some from the house, logging on to Facebook and taking the items reported stolen. Photo: Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – A Minnesota man came home to find his house unlocked, cash and other items missing, and the accused burglar’s Facebook profile open on his computer, authorities said.

Nicholas Wig, 26, who has been charged with second degree burglary, also left his wet jeans, shoes and a belt lying on the floor by the computer in the South St. Paul house, according to a criminal complaint.

“This is the first case in Dakota County in which a suspected burglar left his Facebook account open,” Monica Jensen, spokeswoman for the Dakota County Attorney’s Office, said on Tuesday.

According to the criminal complaint, a resident called police on Thursday and told them he found his house in disarray, the front door unlocked and a screen removed from a side window.

He also saw that “Nick Dub’s” Facebook profile was open on his computer, the complaint said. Items missing included cash, a checkbook, credit cards, keys and a watch, it said.

That same day, the resident recognized Wig on the street from his Facebook picture and told police, who found him wearing a watch like one taken in the burglary, the complaint said.

When police checked Wig for weapons, they found car keys and an iPod shuffle, which the resident identified along with the watch, the complaint said.

Wig admitted entering the house, swapping his rain-soaked clothes for some from the house, logging on to Facebook and taking the items reported stolen, the complaint said.

A public defender listed as representing Wig could not be reached immediately for comment. The felony charge calls for up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

(Reporting by David Bailey; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Recent Headlines

in Local

Illinois Job Numbers Not Showing Improvement

Fresh
jobs

Unemployment rate holds at 9%

in Local

Military a Big Employer in the State

american flag

$13 billion; 150,000 jobs attributed to Illinois economy

in Local

Rauner Calls State Budget “Stunningly Bad,” Provides No Solution

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate businessman Bruce Rauner participates in a Republican gubernatorial candidate debate Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The four Republican gubernatorial candidates said that they’ll be willing to work with unions if elected but differed on how to approach the relationship during a downstate debate that largely focused on pension reform, taxes and just briefly on personal issues that have dogged some of the candidates.

Governor-elect Bruce Rauner says Illinois' financial condition is "stunningly bad'' and it will require "strong action'' to fix it.

in Local

Congresswoman Duckworth Gives Birth

duckworth

War vet and baby daughter are doing well

in Local

Lawmakers Override Governor’s FOIA Veto

state_capitol_3

The measure would allow governments to charge higher fees to process some Freedom of Information Act requests.