August 5th, 2010
07:36 PM ET

Facebook friend or foe?

UPDATE: Watch Randi Kaye's full report on the Facebook burglary below.

Randi Kaye | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Next time you tell your Facebook friends what you’re doing, you might want to be sure they are all your “friends.”

Tonight on Anderson Cooper 360° I’m going to share a story about a Facebook burglary that is sure to make you wonder.

Recently I visited Keri McMullen at her house in New Albany, Indiana. Keri had alerted her Facebook friends one night that she was headed out to see a band with her fiancé.

Turns out, one of her friends thought that was a good time to burglarize her home.

This guy and his accomplice apparently used the time well. They knew when the band was playing and when Keri might be home. They knew exactly how much time they had.

As luck would have it though, Keri and her fiancé, Kurt Pendleton, had just installed security cameras in their home so the whole burglary was caught on tape. They showed me the video. The burglars didn’t even know there were security cameras in the house. The video is unreal. It shows these guys pulling a 50 inch plasma TV right out of the wall. They also took jewelry, computers, etc.

Keri posted some of the shots from the security camera videotape on her Facebook page, and sure enough, another Facebook friend recognized one of the burglars. Turns out, Keri says, he was one of her childhood friends. His name is Shaun South, police say, and Keri says she’s known him since she was just seven.

You can watch the whole video tonight on Anderson Cooper 360°. It’s really creepy… plus we’ll show just how these guys pulled it off.

Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Randi Kaye
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  1. Susan Lewis NYC

    Facebook is fine for college kids. Grownups need to think better. A friend of mine has her name, address, and phone number in there. If anyone imagines that any 'networking site' is just a nifty place to connect, and will always honor your privacy, you are delusional.

    August 6, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  2. Annie Kate

    Glad they had those security cameras so the thieves could be identified quickly. I can believe that people are using facebook to defraud people or target them for a theft, etc. Used to the thieves would watch the obituaries and target the families of the deceased – they knew when the visitation was and when the memorial/funeral was and that was when they would go rob them – gave them time to be very thorough. Criminals will use any information source available to them to identify new victims. At least with their tape they can show it to their home insurance and there shouldn't be any question about their claim.

    August 6, 2010 at 1:56 am |
  3. Kahler Lay-Reynolds

    WOW!!! That's just crazy!!! My thinking is this... If that person was a personal friend then they could have done this by the victims just mentioning their plans for that night... If they were "friends" because of the victims adding them just to get to 10,000 friends then oh well..... No one should be victimized or robbed but I don't see how FB is responsible....

    August 5, 2010 at 11:23 pm |
  4. Charles

    Everyone needs to use common sense when it comes to posting any personal information on the net.

    The same info could have been posted on Twitter, MySpace or any other social networking site.

    Perhaps everyone needs to understand that you do not need to post everything you do, or when you are doing it.

    August 5, 2010 at 7:55 pm |

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