EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSPolice Say Man Logs Onto Own Facebook Account While Burglarizing Home
from Eyewitness News Online
Reported by: Kaylin Searles
Reported: Jun. 25, 2014 8:46 AM EDT
Updated: Jun. 25, 2014 11:32 AM EDT
Authorities said a Minnesota man has become people's exhibit No. 1 for why a life of crime and a social media habit don't mix.
Police said Nick Wig was arrested Thursday after allegedly breaking into a residence just south of Minneapolis in Dakota County, according to a story posted on Eyewitness News' sister station, WTVC, News Channel 9, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Wig’s downfall, authorities said, wasn’t the fact that be broke into a house, but that he logged onto Facebook on the homeowner’s computer.
According to the criminal complaint, when James Wood, the homeowner, got home Thursday morning, he found his door has been unlocked. Upon further investigation, the homeowner found multiple items missing, including cash, a checkbook, credit cards, keys and a watch. Wood also found clothes and a pair of shoes next to the computer that did not belong to him.
Wood also told police that someone had used his computer to log onto the Facebook page of “Nick Dub,” who police said they later identified as Nick Wig. Wood then posted a status on Wig's behalf.
Wood shared a photo and wrote, "Watch out for this guy; he's a thief." After receiving multiple comments from Wig's friends on the picture, Wood said he also left a phone number for anyone who knows where Wig was to call him.
The homeowner said he then received a text from Wig himself.
"I replied, 'You left a few things at my house last night. How can I get them back to you?' " Wood said.
Wood said the suspect agreed to meet up with him under the impression that he would give back the homeowner's cell phone in exchange for clothes he left at his home.
When the suspect walked up to the house, Wood called police. They arrived and put him in cuffs. Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said he is thankful Wig was caught, but he was baffled by his decision to log in to Facebook.
"It's a pretty unusual case might even make the late night television shows in terms of not being too bright," Backstrom said.
Wig has been charged with burglary in the second degree, a felony, authorities said. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in jail and up to $20,000 in fines.
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