Facebook ‘friend’ robs family after posting vacation plans online

Giuseppe Macri | Tech Editor

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.

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