Facebook Friends Robbed Friend While She Was On Vacation

A California man found a reason to “Like” a Facebook friend’s status update about being away on vacation by inviting his pals to help break into her home, cops said. Michael Batson, 21, even text messaged the woman, Stacey Grant, and asked about her trip after she posted a note on the social media site that she was with her family in Las Vegas, Nev. But hours later, cops called Grant to tell her they arrested Batson and two others — Phillip McKnight, 32, and Tyrone Gibson, 20 — as they loaded property from the woman’s Fontana home into a U-Haul truck parked outside.

“It was hurtful,” Grant told KNBC-TV. “My whole room was trashed. There were clothes everywhere. My bed was gone.” Officers sitting on a stakeout nearby spotted the three men break into the Windcrest Drive home and patiently watched as they unloaded the stolen loot, which included flat screen televisions and furniture. The trio was arrested at the scene and police called Grant’s family, who cut their vacation short to head home right away. The suspects were booked on charges that include burglary, possession of stolen property and conspiracy.

Martha Guzman-Hurtado, a spokeswoman for the Fontana Police Department, told the news station that the arrests prove people should think about what they post online. HELLO!!! “It serves as a reminder to be very careful of what you post on social media sites,” she said.

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