Paradise Valley police officers caught two burglars hiding in an unknown residence after fleeing the original scene Saturday, June 20.
The Paradise Valley Police Department received a call from a resident in the 7000 block of north Tatum Boulevard. The resident stated there was a gray Ford in her driveway that she did not recognize and two males knocking on her doors, police officials say.
Paradise Valley Police Officers were dispatched and while they were responding the suspects went to the rear of the residence and entered through an unlocked door setting off the victim’s burglar alarm. Officers arrived moments later as the suspects were fleeing the area southbound on north Tatum Boulevard, police officials are reporting.
Officers verified the vehicle they were following was the suspect vehicle, and as they were following it the suspects threw out stolen credit cards belonging to the victim. The credit cards were later recovered as evidence in this case.
The suspects failed to stop for the officers and continued to the area of the 100 block of south 46th Street in Phoenix where they fled on foot. Police officers gave chase on foot and requested assistance from the Phoenix Police Department. Officers lost the suspects in the area of the 100 block of S. 47th Street, according to the release.
The Phoenix Police Department assisted with setting up a perimeter and provided a helicopter and K-9 unit to assist with the search, Paradise Valley officials say.
While officers were searching a storage shed in the 100 block of south 47th Street, they located the first suspect, Matthew Dean Johnson, according to the release. Officers then located the second suspect, Todd Stewart, inside a residence at the same location. Both suspects are residents of Phoenix.
It is believed the suspects were acquaintances of the residents of the property where they were located, according to the release. It is unknown if the residents of this property were aware the suspects were wanted by the police, or were attempting to aid them in escaping capture.
The Paradise Valley Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Unit responded and assisted with the arrest of the suspects. The CIU has seized the suspect’s vehicle and will be executing search warrants on their vehicle and the residence where the suspects were located to look for other possible evidence in this crime.
If you have any information regarding this burglary please call the Paradise Valley Police Department at 480-948-7410.