A computer thief has been jailed after he used a stolen laptop to update his Facebook page just minutes after taking it from a neighbour’s home.
Kyle Nicholls did not realise that the stolen Dell was linked to a second computer which monitored exactly what it was doing.
The serial burglar raided a house near his lodgings in Exeter just weeks after being freed early from a previous sentence and stole the laptop and a pile of pre-wrapped Christmas presents.
He went straight home and used the stolen Dell to update his Facebook status, telling a friend he had just got himself a new computer and Playstation.
The owners were able to direct police straight to his digs after intercepting his messages, which included the e-mail addresses of the people he was contacting, Exeter Crown Court was told.
Nicholls, aged 27, of Argyll Mews, Exeter, admitted burglary and was jailed for three years by Judge Francis Gilbert, QC. It was his eighth conviction for house burglary.
Miss Janice Eagles, prosecuting, said the occupants of the house in King Edward Street, Exeter, woke on the morning of December 6 to find the conservatory had been broken into and the Dell, computer games and Christmas presents stolen.
She said:”Very cleverly, one of the occupants had linked her computer to the one which was stolen and was able to log into it while she was waiting for the police to arrive and see other Facebook and e-mail messages had been put on it.
“These details were given to the police and led to Nicholls, who was living in a house of multiple occupation nearby.
“One of the messages was timed just before 7 am and said he had a laptop and PS3 player.”
Police knew his whereabouts because he had been released 14 months into a previous 29 month jail term seven weeks before and was on licence.
Mr David Evans, defending, said Nicholls should be given credit for admitting the offence at the first possible opportunity.