Cops: Thief logged into Facebook at home he burglarized

Nicholas Wig

CBS Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS - Police say a Minnesota man was arrested on burglary charges after he logged into his Facebook account from a home he broke into and then forgot to log off, reports CBS Minnesota.

Nicholas Wig, 26, is now being called the "world's dumbest criminal," by James Wood, the man whose home he allegedly broke into on June 19 in South St. Paul.

Wood had come home to find his house ransacked. His credit cards, cash and watch were all gone.

In their place, the thief had left a pair of Nike tennis shoes, jeans and a belt, that were all wet. Wood said it had been raining outside, reports the station.

"I started to panic," Wood said. "But then I noticed he had pulled up his Facebook profile."

Wood posted to Facebook using Wig's profile page, saying Wig had burglarized his home. He even shared his phone number to see if someone would call with information. According to CBS Minnesota, it was Wig who texted him later that day.

"I replied, you left a few things at my house last night, how can I get them back to you," Wood said.

Wig - seemingly acting the fool to the fullest possible extent - agreed to meet Wood later that night. Wood thinks Wig was under the impression he would give him back some of the clothes he had left at his home in exchange for a recycled cell phone Wig had stolen.

Instead, Wood 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."

Wig was wearing Wood's watch when he was arrested, reports the station. He could face up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines if convicted.