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Police catch suspected burglar with help from his Twitter account

It’s one thing to tweet out when you’re at the ball game or a concert. But when you’re allegedly robbing an apartment?

That is what a Virginia man is accused of doing. Police in Washington, D.C. allege that Thomas Matthew Collodel burglarized a hotel, a restaurant, the front desk of an apartment building and other Northwest Washington businesses, according to The Washington Post. The burglaries allegedly occurred from Dec. 30 to Jan. 24.

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Police said their investigation was helped  when the 33-year-old signed onto his Twitter account from a computer on the concierge desk of a Northwest Washington luxury apartment building in the middle of the night. He is accused of burglarizing several of the luxury apartments in that buildilng.

A drawer behind the concierge desk had been tampered with, police said, and surveillance video showed a man using the computer, the newspaper reports. Police said Collodel’s Twitter account also had been accessed and pictures on the account matched the person seen on the video.

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Collodel was arrested Saturday and has since been charged with five counts of burglary. He was ordered detained until a preliminary hearing in D.C. Superior Court on Thursday.

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