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Burglar Checks Facebook During Burglary, Prompts Burglary Charges

Thief Arrested on Burglary Charges After Forgetting to Log Out of Facebook

burglary chargesA Minnesota resident was arrested on burglary charges after robbing a home in St. Paul.  For whatever reason, the burglar stopped to check Facebook while in the house during commission and forgot to log out.

James Wood, the victim of the burglary, says he came home to find his window open, and his credit cards, cash, cell phone, and watch missing.

In addition to the Facebook snafu, the thief left a trail. Because it had been raining on the night Nicholas Wig, 26, robbed Wood’s home, Wig left his soaking wet clothes and a pair of Nikes behind.

“I started to panic,” Wood said. “But then I noticed he had pulled up his Facebook profile.” Woods posted about the burglary on Wig’s Facebook page, leaving his phone number and asking for any relevant information.

“I replied ‘you left a few things at my house last night, how can I get them back to you,’” Wood recounted.

Wig actually texted Woods directly, believing that Wood would return his clothing in exchange for Wood’s phone. They arranged a time to meet, and Wood called the police after confirming that the man waiting for him was the man who opened his Facebook profile while robbing his house.

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

Wig admitted to the burglary, and was arrested and charged with burglary in the second degree. If convicted on the charges, Wig faces up to 10 years in jail and $20,000 in fines.

“If he wouldn’t have done the Facebook thing, we wouldn’t have caught him,” Wood said.

Larceny, Theft, and Burglary Charges in South Carolina

Burglary charges can be either first, second, or third degree charges, indicating whether or not the perpetrator had a weapon or committed additional crimes at the time of the burglary. (A) A person is guilty of burglary in the third degree if the person enters a building without consent and with intent to commit a crime therein. (B) Burglary in the third degree is a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than five years for conviction on a first offense and for not more than ten years for conviction of a second offense according to the discretion of the Court. Robbery is a crime that can be classified as larceny by force or by threat of force. It’s a type of theft distinguished by the use of force, intimidation, and/or violence to seize someone else’s property. Robbery can include the use of force or intimidation and all the elements of the crime of larceny. Chapter 13 of South Carolina law covers a variety of “white collar” crimes, including forgery, larceny, and embezzlement. Larceny of gas is a particular type of crime in the state. “Breaking into motor vehicles or tanks, pumps and other containers wherein fuel or lubricants are stored” defines fuel or gas larceny as the “break or attempt to break any tank, pump, or other vessel where kerosene, gasoline, or lubricating oil is stored or kept with intent to steal any such product.”

The Attorneys at the Strom Law Firm Defend Against Burglary Charges

The Strom Law Firm has defended against criminal charges, including burglary, for 16 years. Based in Columbia, SC, the Strom Law Firm is licensed to practice throughout South Carolina, Georgia, and New York. If you have been arrested on burglary charges, theft, or larceny charges, no matter how serious, you will need strong criminal defense. We offer free, confidential consultations to discuss the facts of your case, so contact the Strom Law Firm today for help. 803.252.4800.

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