The Daily Caller

The Daily Caller
Vietnamese Internet activist Nguyen Lan Thang looks at a Facebook page at a cafe in Hanoi November 27, 2013.  Vietnam will hand out fines of 100 million dong ($4,740) to anyone criticising the government on social media, under a new law announced this week, the latest measure in a widening crackdown on dissent by the country Vietnamese Internet activist Nguyen Lan Thang looks at a Facebook page at a cafe in Hanoi November 27, 2013. Vietnam will hand out fines of 100 million dong ($4,740) to anyone criticising the government on social media, under a new law announced this week, the latest measure in a widening crackdown on dissent by the country's communist rulers. REUTERS/Kham (VIETNAM - Tags: POLITICS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) - RTX15UWP  

Facebook ‘friend’ robs family after posting vacation plans online

A California woman’s Facebook posts about her Vegas vacation alerted robbers to an easy target last week — one of which was a “friend.”

Stacey Grant of Fontana, Calif. posted multiple status updates about her family trip to Nevada’s global gambling capital on the popular social media platform, where 21-year-old Facebook connection Michael Batson of Barstow saw every single one detailing the family’s absence.

After texting Grant directly to find out exactly when the family would be home, Baston and two associates raided the house for valuables last Tuesday.

“It was hurtful,” Grant said on a local NBC Los Angeles station. “My whole room was trashed, there were clothes everywhere. My bed was gone.”

All three were apprehended after undercover police happened to observe the men loading the family’s belongings into a U-Haul moving truck around 3:30 a.m. Flat screen TVs and furniture belonging to the family were recovered from the truck.

Twenty-year old Tyrone Gibson and 32-year-old Philip McKnight were arrested with Batson shortly after all three fled the scene. They’ve since all been charged with conspiracy, burglary, and possessing stolen property.

Follow Giuseppe on Twitter