Thief caught after stopping to check Facebook

A 19 year old Pennsylvanian man has been arrested after stopping to check his account on social networking website Facebook whilst burgling a house, and then forgetting to log out again.

According to The Journal of West Virginia, Jonathan G. Parker, of Fort Loudoun, PA, is alleged to have stolen two diamond rings from the property, worth more than $3,500. The victim called police after noticing evidence of a break in through a bedroom window and other signs that there had been an intruder looking around her home.

She later also noticed that the burglar had used her computer and that his Facebook account was still logged in, and realised that she was missing two diamond rings that had been in her dresser which was located in the same room as the computer.

A friend of the victim happened to know where Parker was staying so as part of the investigation police went to the address. There they found a friend of his who said that the alleged burglar didn't live there but visited him occasionally. He also revealed that on the night before the incident occurred Parker had asked him if he wanted to help with the break in, although his friend had refused.

Parker has been arraigned of one count of felony daytime burglary and remains in custody, with a bail of $10,000. If found guilty of the theft he could face between one and ten years in prison, a large price to pay for a small Facebook addiction.

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Even if he did log out, seemingly his email address would still appear on the login screen. And the victim probably could have checked their history to see something was amiss.

Moral: Clear your history.

Starchild said,
This would never happen on a MAC!

YOU ARE VERY SMART, WHAT DOES A MAC OR WINDOWS OR LINUX OR WHATEVER THE HELL OS HAS TO DO, ITS HIS (snipped) FAULT, IT SEEMS TO ME AS IF YOU WERE HIS ACCOMPLICE

Starchild said,
This would never happen on a MAC!

um...and why EXACTLY is that? is it that apple computers can't run face book? could you pleas elaborate on your comment troll?

and to the starchild, it would be "Mac" not all caps... nice try though. MAC is either a part of a network card or a cosmetics company...

From the news article:

"During the investigation, a friend of the victim told her that he knew where Parker was staying, in the same area as the victim's house."

Did the victim know the burglar?

Lets see, which would I rather carry away: 20+ pounds worth of computer (assuming it was a desktop) worth maybe $200-500, or a couple of diamond rings that weigh a few ounces and are worth over $3500? Tough choice.

roadwarrior said,
Lets see, which would I rather carry away: 20+ pounds worth of computer (assuming it was a desktop) worth maybe $200-500, or a couple of diamond rings that weigh a few ounces and are worth over $3500? Tough choice.

Lets see, diamond rings fit in pockets. And you leave with two empty hands. some thief you would make.

Rohdekill said,
Lets see, diamond rings fit in pockets. And you leave with two empty hands. some thief you would make.

Uh, yeah and it was broad daylight?

Rings surely fit in pockets but walking out of someone's house with a desktop computer under your arm might be a bit more suspicious and obvious in the middle of the day?

Think about it yeah?
Thx

D1m3b4g said,
Uh, yeah and it was broad daylight?

Rings surely fit in pockets but walking out of someone's house with a desktop computer under your arm might be a bit more suspicious and obvious in the middle of the day?

Think about it yeah?
Thx

Like walking out of anyone's house empty handed when the neighbors know the occupants aren't there is any less suspicious than walking out with a PC in your hands.

And it somehow becomes more suspicious during the day than at night?

lol'd. How retarded would it be to rob the house, pass a computer and say to yourself, "Gee Whilkers, let's check my mail and facebook!"

You know that joke entitled "You know you're addicted to the internet when"?
Well you can add this one:

You know you're addicted to the internet when...
...you stop to check your eMail at you're victims house, while in the process of burgling it.

Parker has been arraigned of one count of felony daytime burglary and remains in custody, with a bail of $10,000. If found guilty of the theft he could face between one and ten years in prison, a large price to pay for a small Facebook addiction.


If it happened during the night would the charge be different/more? lol. daytime burglary..

Yes Captain !

Nighttime burglary will be punished as a first degree offence, while daytime burglary will be punished as a second degree ...

"Persons" is perfectly good as a plural for "person" when used in a formal or technical sense. For example the Police (in the UK at least) are often heard referring to "person or persons unknown".

bouncingjohn said,
"Persons" is perfectly good as a plural for "person" when used in a formal or technical sense. For example the Police (in the UK at least) are often heard referring to "person or persons unknown".


Same here in the US. At least we still agree on 90% of the language.

that foob burglar got owned as he is an idiot as using a pc and not logging out of stuff is funny, he deserves the idiot burglar award.

Whatever you do, don't drop the soap. And most people are in prison for long terms, so any kind of pounding is good enough for them.

grewnd33 said,
Say "goodbye" to your facebook friends and say "hello" to your federal-pound-your-ass prison friends.


since no federal crimes where commited, why would he go to fed pen's? you'd go to SCI (State Correctional Institutes) since it was a state level crime

That's the question I asked myself when I read the post. I mean you are a scumbag thief robbing someone's home and your only thought is "let's update my facebook status?" Darwinism at it's finest. Let's hope this cuts him out of the gene pool permanently.

waldenasta said,
That's the question I asked myself when I read the post. I mean you are a scumbag thief robbing someone's home and your only thought is "let's update my facebook status?" Darwinism at it's finest. Let's hope this cuts him out of the gene pool permanently.


At least he didn't tweet what he was doing...

I've never understood the Facebook addiction but I know people who are hooked. I guess I just don't have the time needed to keep up with that thing so it's never been very interesting.

Tim Dawg said,
I've never understood the Facebook addiction but I know people who are hooked. I guess I just don't have the time needed to keep up with that thing so it's never been very interesting.


I live over 3 hours away from most of my family and friends that I grew up with. For me, Facebook is a good way to keep in touch and keep in the loop about things going on with them.

roadwarrior said,
I live over 3 hours away from most of my family and friends that I grew up with. For me, Facebook is a good way to keep in touch and keep in the loop about things going on with them.

I live an hour away from people and I rarely use facebook. I prefer forums.

****ing middle of nowhere, how I hate thou.

BWWWAAAAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Glad the punk got caught, just amazed the method that was used... Just when you think people can't get any more stupid, crap like this happens to prove you wrong!

Liam Wolf said,
If you don't get caught you don't deserve to be caught.

So in your eyes, if a serial rapist goes his entire life without being caught, his crimes were justified?

Majesticmerc said,
So in your eyes, if a serial rapist goes his entire life without being caught, his crimes were justified?

Paradox, Paradox. If a Serial rapist goes his entire life without being caught than you never know that he rapes someone thus you never have a chance for your opinion to come into play.

If it looks like a tree, acts like a tree, but isn't a tree, how do you know?

Being you're using it as an example. If I knew personally that he was raping women I'd kill him myself. However, if I didn't know. Well, I didn't know.

On the other hand if I knew a thief was stealing something and not getting caught I'd first tell him how to steal better, and secondly turn him in. If you're going to turn them in you might as well teach them something.

I have respect for con-artists and thieves that can pull off extremely difficult things without getting caught. It shows they have a hell of a lot more intelligence than this guy, and that they like to challenge themselves.