- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 4, 2016

D.C. police tracked down a man suspected of burglarizing businesses across the city after he logged into his Twitter accounts from one of the crime scenes, authorities said this week.

Thomas Matthew Collodel, 33, of McLean, Virginia, is accused of burglarizing a hotel, a restaurant, the front desk of an apartment building and other businesses during a crime wave that stretched from Dec. 30, 2015 to Jan. 24, 2016, The Washington Post reported.

Mr. Collodel was charged Monday with five counts of burglary and was scheduled to appear Thursday for a preliminary hearing in D.C. Superior Court.

Authorities shifted their focus to Mr. Collodel after discovering he had accessed his personal Twitter account from a computer on the concierge desk of the Bentley, a luxury apartment complex near Thomas Circle he’s accused of burglarizing late last year.

Pictures on his Twitter account matched surveillance footage from the Bentley which authorities said showed him using the computer, The Post reported.

The break-ins continued after the Bentley incident, with authorities claiming Mr. Collodel also hit up a Homewood Suites hotel and later a local restaurant, the Iron Gate, where he’s said to have stolen an iPhone after entering the business through a window.

Mr. Collodel was arrested Saturday during a struggle with police officers and was transported to a local hospital, where he’s accused of damaging a bathroom and flooding his room, The Post reported.

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