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Church burglary arrest: 'Selfie' leads police to burglary suspect

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A church burglary arrest was made after police looked through a cell phone left behind at the crime scene. On Feb. 14, FOX News reported that 26-year-old Adam Howe was identified thanks to a "selfie" that he took with his cell phone. Police found the photo and showed it to residents in the area who were able to identify the guy who stole a laptop, cash and watches from the Hilltop Tabernacle Church in Chula Vista, California.

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

The church burglary arrest might not have happened so quickly if there wasn't a pic of Howe on his phone. Eventually police would have found out who he was but having an actual picture of a suspect always helps. In this instance, Howe's vain really helped police out -- and he totally screwed himself -- but not intentionally. Think of how many photos you have of yourself on your cell phone...

Two other people have been arrested in connection with the case but it's unclear how they knew Howe or how long they had been "working" together. Police are confident that they got the main suspect and are likely thankful to have found the key piece of evidence: Howe's phone.

The arrest in the church burglary case will lead to charges. It's unknown, however, what those charges will be.

© Effie Orfanides 2014

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