Tuesday, June 24 2014, 06:11 PM CDT
Burglar signs in to Facebook, gets caught
MINNEAPOLIS -- 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 and then forgot to log off.
"When I came home from work that day, the screen was laying right here," James Wood said.
Wood came home Thursday morning to find his home had been ransacked. Several items were gone.
"Credit cards, cash for a soccer tournament, checkbook, watch. Kinda started to panic," the homeowner explained.
Wood notified police, but then noticed something on his computer.
"He uh, Ha! He pulled up his Facebook profile and left it up," Wood said.
Police say 26-year-old Wig had checked his Facebook while stealing from the house and forgot to log out.
So, Wood updated Wig's status.
"I shared his photo and said 'watch out for this guy. he's a thief,'" he said.
People kept commenting on that post. He also left his phone number asking anyone to call with information on where to find Wig.
Wood said Wig himself text him at 7 p.m.
"I replied you left a few things at my house last night, how can I get them back to you?" he said.
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 is thankful Wig was caught. But even he is baffled by Wig's decision to log into Facebook.
"It's a pretty unusual case, might even make the late night television shows in terms of not being too bright," Backstrom said. "If he wouldn't have done the Facebook thing, we would not have caught him."
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.