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    Selfie leads to arrest of young man

    Date: 02.17.14 | by Judge Tom.

    If you’re careless about your things, you never know where your cell phone will end up or lead to.

    26-year-old Adam Howe of California broke into a church in February, 2014. He allegedly took $10,000 worth of property including cash and a computer. He accidentally left his cell phone behind. Once seized by the police the phone was searched and a self-snapped photo of Howe was examined. A detective recognized the background in the picture and went to the area to question neighbors. This lead to his identification and shortly after, his arrest at a park five minutes away.

    Adam Howe's selfie

    Adam Howe’s selfie

    Once again we see an example of too much information on digital devices. In Howe’s case, however, his selfie became a valuable investigative tool. The church was the beneficiary of Howe’s selfie with most of the property returned. He faces burglary charges and possible incarceration.



    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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