'Selfie' photo leads to California burglary arrest

Published on Friday, 14 February 2014 19:06 - Written by

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say it was a "selfie" that led detectives to a suspect in the burglary of a Southern California church.

U-T San Diego reports (http://bit.ly/1aWqsTH ) that detectives found a phone at the Chula Vista crime scene, where a laptop, cash and watches were stolen.

On the phone was a photo the suspect had apparently snapped of himself.

Residents recognized the man in the photo, and police arrested 26-year-old Adam Howe on Tuesday.

A search of his belongings uncovered property believed to be stolen from the Hilltop Tabernacle Church.

Further investigation led to the arrest of two other people.

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Police say they've now linked Howe to thefts at a nearby mobile home park after residents recognized his picture in media reports.

A phone number listed in Howe's name rang without an answer Thursday.

Information from: U-T San Diego, http://www.utsandiego.com

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