If you're living a life of crime, the least you can do is be smart about it. These two are not.
In one corner, we have 26-year-old Nicholas Wig of Minnesota. Wig allegedly broke into the St. Paul home of James Wood and stole cash, credit cards, a watch and a cell phone. Then, before he left, he decided to check his Facebook...on the homeowner's computer.
Wood returned to find his home ransacked, as well as some of Wig's clothing and belongings left behind. "I started to panic," he said. "Then I noticed he had pulled up his Facebook profile."
The cardinal rule of logging on to Facebook on someone else's computer: Log off when you are done, lest they see your seedy FB chats or post embarrassing statuses. In this case, Wood took the latter approached and posted this, via CBS:
Wood posted to Facebook using Wig's profile, saying Wig had burglarized his home. He even shared his phone number to see if someone would call with information. Wig texted him later that day.
"I replied you left a few things at my house last night, how can I get them back to you," Wood said.
Wig agreed to meet with Wood later that night. Wood believes Wig was under the impression he would give him back some of his clothes he had left at his home in exchange for a recycled cell phone Wig had stolen.
When Wood identified Wig—via his Facebook profile picture—cops arrested him. He now faces up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine if convicted. "World's dumbest criminal," Wood said.
But is he dumber than: Chancy Layton, a 19-year-old Florida teen who has been dubbed the "Real-Life Goldilocks"? According to News4Jax, Layton broke into a St. Augustine Beach home, took a shower, put on some of the homeowner's pajamas, cooked a meal, and then feel asleep.
When Cheryl Petocz, the homeowner, returned at around 2:30 a.m. she found Layton sleeping on her couch. "I told her I was calling police," Petocz says. "As soon as I said that, she grabbed few things and ran out the house, out the back door."
But Layton left behind her purse and passport. Soon after, she was picked up by police, charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief, and then released from jail after an $8,000 bond and apology.