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A woman on vacation in Las Vegas had her house burglarized by a trio that allegedly included one of her Facebook “friends.”
Stacey Grant of Fontana, Calif., was so excited about her family’s spring break trip to Sin City that she posted lots of social media updates about her whereabouts.
One of her Facebook friends apparently really “liked” those updates.
Investigators say Michael Batson, 21, used Grant’ Facebook posts to case her home and, with the help of two other men, ransack it last Tuesday.
“It was hurtful,” Grant told KNBC-TV. “My whole room was trashed, there were clothes everywhere. My bed was gone.”
The alleged burglar even messaged Grant after her first Vegas post asking about her Vegas plans, according to her mom, Lavern Cheatheam.
“Somebody she knew ended up texting her to make sure we were there, asking her when were we coming back, how long we’re going to be there,” Cheatheam told KABC-TV.
Luckily for the family, police caught the burglars in the act while doing some undercover surveillance around 3:30 a.m.
Officers spotted three men taking items out of the family’s house and putting them into a U-Haul truck. The trio of social media-savvy crooks fled the scene — one in the moving truck — but were caught a short time later, the Press-Enterprise reports.
The officers found various items stolen from the house, including several flat-screen televisions and furniture.
Besides Batson, police arrested Phillip McKnight, 32, and Tyrone Gibson, 20. They were all charged with burglary, possession of stolen property and conspiracy.
The belongings are back, but Cheatheam tells KABC-TV that she and her family will no longer post online about their vacations until they’ve returned home.
Source: Huffington Post