Man allegedly robs home, forgets to log off Facebook there

It's an odd thing to do -- checking your Facebook profile at home you've allegedly broken into. But that's what a Minnesota man is said to have done.

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Nicholas Wig, the accused Facebooker. CBS Minnesota/Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

There seems evidence that some burglars, upon entering a house that isn't theirs, like to make themselves at home.

These days, being at home means not talking to anyone there, but going online to see what's happening on Facebook.

Should police allegations be accurate, this is what Nicholas Wig allegedly did upon breaking into a house in South St. Paul, Minn.

As CBS Minnesota reports, the homeowner, James Wood, found his house in a complete mess, with cash, credit cards, and valuables all gone.

Oddly, he also allegedly found wet jeans, a wet belt and wet Nike sneakers. This he put down to the rain that had swept the area.

 

However, he said he found another free gift on his computer.

The burglar "had pulled up his Facebook profile and left it up," Wood told CBS Minnesota.

This would surely be the ultimate in making oneself at home. Who logs off Facebook anymore? It would upset Facebook that the company would have to use other methods to track you. And we all want the very best ads soothing us, don't we?

Wood, though, is not merely a modern man, but a reasonable one.

"I shared his photo and I said 'watch out for this guy, he's a thief," he said.

His sharing received comments, one of them allegedly from Wig. They then agreed to meet. Now that's Facebook friends for you. Wood did allegedly have Wig's jeans and sneakers, after all.

Wood says he recognized Wig from a distance and called the police. Wig was arrested.

Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom told CBS Minnesota: "I've never seen this before. It's a pretty unusual case, might even make the late night television shows in terms of not being too bright."

I worry that Backstrom doesn't get out enough.

Didn't he hear about the University of Georgia student who allegedly broke into a house just to check her Facebook.

Then there was Jonathan G. Parker, a Pennsylvania man who, in 2009, allegedly stole diamond rings from a house and couldn't help doing something else: yes, he was accused of leaving his Facebook page open on the victim's computer.

That's the thing with technology. Every time you think you're a pioneer, someone's gone and done it before you.

 

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