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Facebook ‘Friend’ Robs Home of Vacationing Family

Michael Batson, Phillip McKnight, and Tyrone Gibson

By  David Moye 

This story won’t get many “likes.”

A woman on vacation in Las Vegas had her house burglarized by a trio that allegedly included one of her Facebook “friends.”

Stacey Grant of Fontana, Calif., was so excited about her family’s spring break trip to Sin City that she posted lots of social media updates about her whereabouts.

One of her Facebook friends apparently really “liked” those updates.

Investigators say Michael Batson, 21, used Grant’ Facebook posts to case her home and, with the help of two other men, ransack it.

“It was hurtful,” Grant told KNBC-TV. “My whole room was trashed, there were clothes everywhere. My bed was gone.”

The alleged burglar even messaged Grant after her first Vegas post asking about her Vegas plans, according to her mom, Lavern Cheatheam.

Luckily for the family, police caught the burglars in the act while doing some undercover surveillance around 3:30 a.m.

Besides Batson, police arrested Phillip McKnight, 32, and Tyrone Gibson, 20. They were all charged with burglary, possession of stolen property and conspiracy.

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