Birmingham police charge two in Facebook burglaries

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July 31, 2009

Tiffany Ray

mug shots Tyler Glass Birmingham police charge two in Facebook burglariesHoover police have arrested two men who allegedly burglarized the homes of Hoover residents they tracked on Facebook.

Police say the suspects used the popular social networking site to glean personal information about residents, including summer travel plans.

Tyler Austin Glass, 20, of Bessemer, was arrested Tuesday and has been charged with five counts of burglary, attempted burglary and theft, according to jail logs. He is being held in the Jefferson County Jail in Bessemer on $28,000 bond.

Spencer Collin Shivers, 19, of Hoover, was arrested Wednesday and released the same day on $45,000 bond. He has been charged with attempted burglary and two counts of receiving stolen property.

mug shots Spencer Shivers Birmingham police charge two in Facebook burglariesHoover police believe Glass and Shivers worked together to steal jewelry, television sets, computers, cell phones, guns and other items from five homes of people who were either friends or “friends of friends” on Facebook between July 12 and July 22. Hoover police Capt. Jim Coker said all the burglaries occurred in Hoover, though he declined to say which neighborhoods. He said authorities are investigating possible links to other burglaries in the metro area.

“I would very much caution people who are using a social networking Web site — don’t put information on your page that you don’t want out there, such as ‘I’ll be out of town,'” Coker said.

He also cautioned Facebook users to screen people they add as ‘friends’ on the site. “Make your friends your trusted friends,” he said.

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