Woman’s Facebook ‘friend’ robs her during vacation

Posted Mar 31, 2014

A woman went on vacation in Las Vegas recently and shared some of the details on Facebook. While she was on the trip, a trio of burglars broke into the house. One of the burglars was the woman’s Facebook “friend.” The Fontana, California based woman, Stacey Grant, was excited about the family spring break trip to Las Vegas so she posted many updates about it coming up. Michael Batson, 21, used Grant’s Facebook posts to determine when the three of them would rob the house. 

“It was hurtful,” said Grant in an interview with KNBC-TV. “My whole room was trashed, there were clothes everywhere. My bed was gone.”

The burglar messaged Grant after her first Vegas post to ask about the family’s plans, according to Grant’s mom Lavern Cheatheam. “Somebody she knew ended up texting her to make sure we were there, asking her when were we coming back, how long we’re going to be there,” said Cheatheam in the interview.

The police caught the burglars during the act when doing undercover surveillance at around 3:30AM. Police officers saw the three men taking items from the house and loading it into a U-Haul truck. The burglars fled the scene with one of them driving in the truck, but they ended up getting caught. Some of the items that were stolen include furniture and flat-screen TVs.

Phillip McKnight and Tyrone Gibson were also arrested. All three of them were charged with burglary, possession of stolen property, and conspiracy. The family got their belongings back, but the family is no longer going to post vacation plans until returning home.