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Burglar busted after stopping to check Facebook on victim's computer

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If there's a current vacancy for a new criminal mastermind, Nicholas Wig is unlikely to make the cut.

The 26-year-old Minnesota man has been arrested after allegedly burglarizing a home and leaving a string of incriminating evidence behind, including his Facebook profile on his victim's computer.

Homeowner James Wood returned to his property in South St. Paul on June 19 to find his house ransacked and his credit cards, cash, and watch missing.

Initially panicking, Wood soon noticed that the thief had left behind a pair of Nike tennis shoes, a pair of jeans, and a belt.

He then discovered that the careless burglar had also called up Facebook on the home computer - and had forgotten to log out of his personal profile.

“World’s dumbest criminal,” Wood told CBS. “I don’t know.”

Wood used Wig's profile to post a message on Facebook, informing all his contacts that Wig had burglarized his home. and asking for anyone with information to contact him.

To his surprise, he received a text message 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.

Unbelievably, Wig agreed to meet his victim later that night, expecting, Wood believes, to have his belongings returned to him in exchange for a stolen phone.

As Wig approached the scene of the crime, Wood recognized him from his Facebook profile and dialed 911.

Wig, who has an extensive criminal record, including a second-degree burglary conviction, a domestic assault misdemeanor, and pending drug charges, was arrested at the scene.

He was wearing Wood's watch when police found him.

The hapless burglar faces up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines if convicted.



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