When Nicholas Wig recently broke into a home with the intention to steal, it is obvious he failed to adequately plan his crime.
Minnesota homeowner James Wood arrived at his residence June 19 and immediately noticed an uninvited guest had recently been there. In addition to finding jewelry, cash, and credit cards missing, he also discovered a pile of wet clothing that did not belong to anyone in the house.
Wood confirmed it had rained earlier in the day, which suggests the intruder opted to change into some dry duds before leaving. Of course, a master criminal might have considered taking his waterlogged shoes and jeans with him.
While the burglar might have ultimately been identified by his clothing, it turns out police did not even have to work that hard. In fact, Wood did most of the investigative work – such as it was – before he even contacted authorities.
“I started to panic,” he said, recalling his initial reaction to the burglary. “But then I noticed he had pulled up his Facebook profile.”
A 26-year-old man named Nicholas Wig logged on from Wood’s computer and left the page open. The targeted homeowner immediately used this bizarre development to his advantage by posting on his page that Wig had just broken into his home.
Wood left his phone number in case an online acquaintance could offer any assistance. A short time later, however, Wig sent his victim a text message.
“I replied, ‘You left a few things at my house last night. How can I get them back to you?”
Under the impression that Wood would simply return his clothes if he gave back a stolen cell phone, Wig agreed to revisit the scene of his crime. Wood, of course, called police as soon as he saw the criminal approach.
Wood indicated Wig might be in the running for the dubious distinction of ‘World’s Dumbest Criminal.’
County Attorney James Backstrom seemed to agree.
“I’ve never seen this before,” he said. “It’s a pretty unusual case [that] might even make the late night television shows in terms of not being too bright.
Fellow social media users offered their take on the shortsighted criminal with pithy Twitter posts.
— Matthew Stanton (@pingstanton) June 24, 2014
There’s a chance you’re a Facebook addict if you break into a home and log in. http://t.co/WxRpGfOlAc
— John Welbes (@jwelbes) June 24, 2014
Wig, who has a lengthy rap sheet including current drug charges, could spend a decade behind bars for his latest crime.
Photo Credit: Facebook/Nick Dub
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