Burglar 'tries to be considerate'

Last updated 19:39 01/04/2014

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Constructive criticism is one thing, but receiving handy tips on your Facebook page from a burglar who broke into your house is another.

Police are on the hunt for a man who robbed a Brisbane home, and boasted about his crime by posting a message on the victim's Facebook page.

"Sorry, I left the keys in the hat out the front because I can't drive a manual, and I did not take your chargers - they're in a drawer maybe," the thief wrote.

"I try to be considerate, you should change your password and use more secure ones, and a locking filing cabinet, your passports will be returned to you, your locks are fine and rather tough to pick, no prints on anything for sure, sincerest apologies."

Inner West Patrol Group Acting Inspector Corey Allen said the thief also stole cash, jewellery and bank cards, and had withdrawn cash from an ATM.

He said the burglar had managed to access the female victim's Facebook page because a folder near the laptop was marked "computer" and contained a list of passwords.

Inspector Allen said the robbery was a warning for people to take steps to protect their computer login details and online identities.

"Once [criminals] have enough to create an identity, the implications are diabolical. In this case it hasn't happened but it doesn't mean the risk and the fear isn't there," he said.

Inspector Allen said the burglary happened between February 28 and March 2 when no one was home.

He said police might have a suspect, with a description of a person believed to have been behind the crime spotted committing another burglary in the area.

Investigators are also looking at security footage near an ATM, he said.

Inspector Allen said the offender "had shown a level of astuteness that belies our normal criminal element", where as police were able to easily track down many other burglars.

""They're more interested in breaking into the bottle-o and stealing a case of bourbon and driving around wreaking havoc than they are in any well thought-out plan," he said.

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