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Jun 24, 2014 7:06 AM

Burglar Signs Into Facebook, Gets Caught

MINNESOTA - A Minnesota man is in jail because he logged on to Facebook, during his alleged crime.

Police say Nicholas Wig checked his profile from a home he broke into, then didn't log off!

When James Wood came home Thursday morning, his house had been ransacked.

Several items, gone.

Wood notified police but then noticed something on his computer.

Police say 26-year-old Nicholas Wig had checked his Facebook while stealing from the house and forgotten to log out.

So, Wood updated Wig's status.

People kept commenting on that post.

He also left his phone number asking anyone to call with information on where to find Wig.

"He text me at 7 p.m," said Woods, "I replied you left a few things at my house last night how can i get them back to you."

Wig agreed to meet with Wood under the impression he could give back Wood's recycled cell phone in exchange for his clothes he had left at the home.

When Wood spotted him heading toward the house, he called police.

Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom says he's thankful Wig was caught.

But even he is baffled by Wig's decision to log onto Facebook.

Wig has an extensive criminal history, including a second-degree burglary conviction from 2008, a domestic assault misdemeanor, and pending drug charges.

He could face up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines if convicted of this most recent charge.


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