Suspect Arrested After Leaving Photo of Self at Crime Scene

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013  |  Updated 8:32 PM PDT
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Man Leaves Photo of Self at Crime Scene: Cops

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A Santa Cruz man was arrested over the weekend after he allegedly left a camera containing a picture of himself at the scene of a burglary, police said.

Early on Thursday morning, officers responded to reports that two businesses in the 800 block of Pacific Avenue had been broken into through their back doors, according to Santa Cruz police. Both businesses -- Santa Cruz Glass and Kayber Pass Restaurant -- were ransacked, and one had more than $170 stolen from a cash register, police said.

During the investigation, various items left at the scene were processed as evidence. One of the items was a digital camera that was believed to have been left behind by the burglar. The camera contained a picture of 42-year-old Richard Stipe.

Stipe was contacted by police on Friday, after he was recognized by an officer who had seen his photograph, police said.

During questioning, Stipe allegedly confessed to the burglaries on Pacific Avenue. He was arrested and booked into jail.

Anyone with information about the crimes or the suspect is asked to contact Santa Cruz police at (831) 420-5820.

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