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Suspected thief forgets to log out after checking Facebook during burglary

Nicholas Wig's profile was still up on the computer when the St. Paul homeowner got back to his house.
By Evan Bleier Follow @itishowitis Contact the Author   |   June 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn., June 24 (UPI) -- Minnesota police arrested a burglary suspect who apparently forgot to log out of Facebook after checking his profile during a break-in at a St. Paul home.

The homeowner came back to his house and found that credit cards, cash and a watch were missing. The thief had also left behind a pair of Nike tennis shoes, jeans and a belt that he apparently discarded because it had been raining outside.

He also left behind his information on James Wood's computer.

"World's dumbest criminal," Wood told CBS Minnesota. "I don't know. I started to panic, but then I noticed he had pulled up his Facebook profile."

Wood began posting on Nicholas Wig's profile and the 26-year-old eventually texted him. After they made a plan to meet up later to exchange items, Wood went for a walk. He then spotted Wig on the street and called police.

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

When Wig was arrested, he was wearing Wood's watch.

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