CHULA VISTA, CA (KFMB/CNN) - A selfie taken by a church burglary suspect led to his quick arrest.
"It is unusual. I would say this, though, it's happening more frequently," Capt. Lon Turner said.
Police say an incriminating selfie was stored inside of a cell phone left at the scene of a church burglary.
The 26-year-old in the photo is Adam Howe, and police say after he took the picture, he broke into Hilltop Tabernacle Church and took money.
There was a loss of about $10,000 in cash, some purses and a laptop computer.
Howe allegedly caused damage to the pastor's office. By Tuesday, police had Howe in custody, thanks to the cell phone left behind.
"We were able to identify a picture of one of the suspects involved in the burglary," Turner said.
A closer look at the photo also gave away the suspect's location.
Police say they came a couple of miles away to Harborside Park and found the suspect with a bunch of stolen items.
"We did recover some property from the suspect initially, and then when we went and arrested two of his companions, we found additional property in the tent they were staying in," Turner said.
The pastor says most of the property has not yet been recovered, though he's thankful for good police work and the break that led to the arrests.
"People's cell phones more and more are becoming their wallets, and so it's certainly one of those things that helps benefit law enforcement," Turner said.
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