Facebook friend burglarizes vacationing family

October 27, 2011 3:36:18 PM PDT
This story is a clear lesson in the danger of putting personal information online. Lucky for police, an observant neighbor helped crack the case.

Back on September 29th, a couple living on Robin Road in Wrightstown posted their vacation plans on Facebook.

"They put in there where they would be going on vacation and when they would be away and the friend just took advantage of it," Newtown Police Department Lt. Glenn Forsyth said.

Knowing they were away, police say one of the couple's Facebook friends, 36-year-old Steven Pieczynski of West Amwell, New Jersey, broke into the couple's home and stole jewelry, gift cards, coins and DVDs.

On the night of the break-in, an observant neighbor noticed a car parked near her house.

"There was nobody in the car. My husband wrote down the license plate, couple days later we heard there was a break-in and our neighbor suggested we contact police with that suspicious car license plate," the neighbor said.

That led authorities to Steven Pieczynski, who was found in possession of some of the stolen goods.

No one answered at his West Amwell home today when Action News knocked on the door.

"I think people have to be more alert and conscious about what they're putting out there. You know the internet is open to everybody, people take advantage," Forsyth said.

Pieczynski is currently out on bail and is facing theft-related charges in Bucks County and in New Jersey.

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