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Minnesota alleged burglar traced with Facebook account

By Marino Eccher / The Forum

St. PAUL - A South St. Paul burglar effectively updated his status to “busted” when he logged into Facebook on a computer in the home he broke into, prosecutors say.

Nicholas Steven Wig, 26, was charged Friday in Dakota County District Court with second-degree burglary. He remained jailed Tuesday with bail set at $25,000.

According to the criminal complaint filed against Wig:

The incident took place June 19 at a home in the 600 block of Concord Street North in South St. Paul. The homeowner came in to find the residence in disarray, with a screen missing from a window and items like cash, credit cards, a checkbook and a watch missing from the bedroom.

He noticed a wet pair of jeans and tennis shoes on the floor. He also noticed a Facebook page — “Nick Dub” — open on his computer.

The person in the page was later identified as Wig, the complaint said.

The homeowner made contact with Wig later that day. Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said the homeowner was ultimately the one who tracked the man down before calling police.

“I’ve never heard of this occurring before,” Backstrom said of the circumstances of the alleged break-in. “It’s obviously fairly unique.”

When police found Wig, he was wearing the watch that went missing in the burglary, according to the charges.

Police asked if he had items that didn’t belong to him. He said he was going to give everything back, the charges said.

After being read his Miranda rights, Wig told police he came into the house through an unlocked front door.

He said he changed into clothing he found in the home because his own clothes were wet, according to the charges.

“He made himself at home,” Backstrom said.

Wig admitted to using the computer and taking the missing items, the charges said.

Wig has prior convictions in Minnesota for second-degree burglary, misdemeanor domestic assault and petty misdemeanor marijuana possession, according to court records.

There was no Facebook log-in in the prior burglary case, Backstrom said.

Wig is next due in court on the new charges July 15.

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