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Facebook helped burglars hit Park Ridge, N.J. home

facebooklogo010610_optBY BOB HOLT

The reminder needs to be said one more time: Be careful what you post on Facebook; social networking sites are being used by all kinds of people these days.

A brother and sister allegedly used a series of Facebook messages to rob the Park Ridge home of a longtime friend.

Kimberly Edgerton, 29, is accused of sending instant messages to Nicole Mineo asking when family members would be away from Mineo’s home. Police said they arrested Edgerton after linking her to the burglary of a Third Street home, according to NorthJersey.com.

According to NBC New York, Kimberly Edgerton started to instant message the unusual questions to Mineo, who said she didn’t feel the need to be cautious because the two were lifetime friends.  But hours later, Mineo's mother said someone had broken through the back door of their home, ransacked their bedrooms and stolen jewelry and laptop computers.

Police found some of the stolen property, burglary tools, marijuana and a stolen bag in the Edgerton house and car upon investigation. Police believe Michael Edgerton, 27, committed the burglary. Mineo’s father Peter believes that a substance abuse problem is involved.

Neighbors said that Michael Edgerton had recently finished substance abuse treatment. Mineo told CBS New York, “Desperate people do desperate things. I’ll forgive them because I was raised to forgive people.”

Michael Edgerton was charged with burglary and possession of marijuana. Kimberly Edgerton was charged with receiving stolen property and hindering apprehension. Michael Edgerton is still in jail on $15,000 bail.


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