CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- Hilltop Tabernacle Church was robbed of a laptop computer and cash, and a RV on the church's property had watches and purses taken that in total were valued at $10,000. But an item that a suspected thief left behind helped police solve the robbery. A release from the Chula Vista Police Department indicates that Adam Howe left a cell phone with a "selfie" picture taken in the area of the crime on the phone.
When detectives contacted witnesses and showed them the picture, they said they recognized Howe and told officers of multiple places to go and find him. When officers found Howe, they also found stolen property from the church and RV.
Howe wasn't alone in this caper and police realized that some of the stolen property was still missing. Police later located two people down in a river bottom area behind the church where more property was found in a tent. While three people were arrested, only two remain in custody.
Howe has been charged with two counts of burglary and is being held on a $25,000 bond. A suspected accomplice, Victoria Corey, has been charged with receiving stolen property and is held on a $20,000 bond. Both have court dates within the next week.