DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — A Dallas Police officer noticed a suspicious vehicle in his parking garage and snapped a quick picture. That picture turned out to be critical.

Police used the image to track down two people who admitted to burglarizing the officer’s home, stealing a number of personal items and a city issued AR-15 assault rifle.

The incident occurred on May 13, when an officer was walking through the parking garage at his apartment complex and noticed a vehicle backed into a parking spot without a parking pass. A male and female were sitting inside the vehicle.

The officer, feeling suspicious of the activity, took a photo of the car’s license plate with his cell phone. His residence was burglarized about 55 minutes after he left.

Surveillance video from the apartment stairwell showed a male suspect taking two trips out of his apartment with his property. The officer recognized the suspect as the same male previously seen in the parking garage.

“Him actually taking the picture of the car helped investigators be able to find out who the vehicle belonged to,” said Officer Monica Cordova with Dallas Police.

The vehicle license plate led officers to Jorden Beavers, who was currently living in Bedford. Beavers was arrested for an unrelated felony warrant out of Fort Worth.

When questioned, Beavers admitted to driving her boyfriend, Tony Boyd, to and from the scene of the offense. She also admitted to committing as many as five other burglaries with Boyd in the past.

Multiple agencies assisted in the search for Boyd, who was ultimately located in the 1100 block of South Moore Street in Dallas four days later.

Boyd was interviewed and told officers that he sold the AR-15 rifle and body armor to an individual in the 700 block of Genoa Avenue. Police were able to recover the weapon and armor after hours of deliberation with the buyer.

Beavers and Boyd have both been charged with Burglary of Habitation of the officer’s home.

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