Minnesota alleged burglar traced with
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[June 25, 2014]
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,
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
"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
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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)
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