Man sentenced in "social media" burglaries
Updated On: May 30 2014 04:42:05 PM CDT
A Wichita man was sentenced in Sedgwick County court Friday after pleading guilty to burglarizing homes he and two others targeted using social media.
Adam Dwyer, 34, was sentenced to 5 years probation. He also was ordered to pay $95,400 in restitution.
Sentencing for the other two men is scheduled June. The District Attorney is recommending prison in two of the cases.
Three Wichita men have pleaded guilty in connection with a burglary ring that utilized social media to target homes according to District Attorney Marc Bennett.
Wichita Police believe that the burglars used social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter as well as Newspapers announcements to target homes that would be unoccupied.
Adam Dwyer, 34, Brian Dwyer, 37, and Daniel Maupin, 39, all pleaded guilty to a combined 27 felony counts in Sedgwick County Court in May. Bennett says Adam and Brian are brothers.
The charges include burglary, theft and identity theft.
The trio was charged in one case that involved stealing guns, electronics and other items from one Wichita residence while the family was on vacations. Bennett says the loss in that case was in excess of $40,000.
A separate instance the group was charged in involves a burglary of two homes while the occupants were attending a family wedding.
Eyewitness News first reported the burglaries in September of last year. You can see Michael Schwanke's story here.