In William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition, a burglar looks up a porn site during a break-in. Apparently an Italian burglar remembered this, but forgot that it was how the main character knew her apartment had been broken into….
Burglar arrested after logging onto Facebook during break-in
A burglar was caught by Italian police after logging on to Facebook while carrying out a break-in.
The 26 year old, who has not been named, was traced by detectives after the owner of the house reported the crime.
Officers noticed the computer was still on and when the 52 year old owner touched the keyboard, the social network site’s homepage flashed up.
The man, from Albano Laziale near Rome told police he was not a member, and they quickly realised the last person to use the computer had been the burglar.
He had written several messages on his wall — but not revealed he was carrying out a crime — and police were quickly able to trace him and recover cash and jewellery that had been taken.
Major Ivo Di Blasio, of the carabinieri paramilitary police, said:»He was tempted to log on during the break in and it led to his arrest — it was a silly mistake to make and we were onto him very quickly.