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Alleged thief gets caught after logging onto Facebook during crime

Minneapolis (CNN) - A Minnesota man is in jail because he logged on to Facebook during his alleged crime.

"When I came home from work that day, that screen was laying right here."

When James Wood came home Thursday morning, his house had been ransacked, several items gone.

"Credit cards, cash, for a soccer tournament, checkbook, watch," said Wood.  "Kinda started to panic."

Wood notified police but then noticed something on his computer.

"He pulled up his Facebook profile and left it up!" Wood said of the alleged thief.

Police say 26-year-old Nicholas Wig had checked his Facebook account while stealing from the house and forgot to log out. So, Wood updated Wig's status.

"I shared his photo and said, 'Watch out for this guy. He's a thief,'" said Wood.

People kept commenting on that post. Wood also left his phone number asking anyone to call with information on where to find Wig.

Then, Wood says Wig ended up texting him himself.  Wig agreed to meet with Wood under the impression he could give back Wood's recycled cell phone in exchange for his clothes he had left at the home. When Wood spotted him heading toward the house, he called police.

Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom says he's thankful Wig was caught, but even he is baffled by Wig's decision to log onto Facebook.

"It's a pretty unusual case might even make the late night television shows in terms of not being too bright."

"If he wouldn't have done the Facebook thing, we wouldn't have caught him," said Backstrom.

Wig has an extensive criminal history, including a second degree burglary conviction from 2008, a domestic assault misdemeanor, and pending drug charges.

He could face up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines if convicted of this most recent charge.

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