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Burglar Harasses Theft Victim On Facebook

A burglar, who stole several thousand pounds worth of equipment from his victim, logged onto her Facebook account to taunt her.

42-year old Victoria Richardson said her ordeal started when a thief stole her Toshiba laptop, her iPhone, a Nintendo DS, cash, debit cards and a few more items from her home in Hove, West Sussex.

The seemingly illiterate criminal then started posting status updates on her Facebook account where he said that "I have the laptop, phones ok but a bit scratched, tv was rubbish so i left it, ds was bonuss (sic). now to the porn shop i gooo , thankyou toshiba is my favourate make”.

He signed off saying "regards your nighttime burglar". Apple could possibly help and locate the stolen iPhone assuming that the smartphone has been used.

Mrs Richardson said that she felt very spooked adding that "It felt like they were rubbing my nose in it. They have been in your physical space, and then they are in your online space."

Financial website,, revealed on Friday that Hove was one of the top 20 areas in UK where burglaries are most likely according to a survey of insurers.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.