Police warn Facebook users after Wisbech burglars use website to prey on victims

POLICE have warned users of social media websites to protect their personal information after burglars from Wisbech used Facebook to prey on their victims.

Cambridgeshire Police’s warning comes after two men from Wisbech ransacked a family home, having spotted on Facebook that the occupants were away in Wales.

Peter Trower, 22, of John F Kennedy Court, Wisbech, and Joseph McLennan, 18, of Townshend Road, Wisbech, both admitted one charge of burglary in front of Fenland magistrates yesterday.

DCI Ian Tandy, from Cambridgeshire Police, said: “This case highlights the dangers of putting personal information on the internet. These two men monitored the victim’s Facebook account waiting for their perfect opportunity to ransack their home.

“Luckily in this case a neighbour saw the burglars and called the police. However, I would urge the public to be cautious when using social media, ensuring you know who has access to your personal information and take full advantage of the privacy settings available.”

The court heard that Trower and McLennan ransacked every room in the family home on Chapel Street, stealing computers, jewellery, DVDs and a purse.

The two men will be sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court, at a date which is yet to be confirmed.

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