Officers arrest two men following home burglary and multi-agency search

Paradise Valley police took two men into custody Saturday morning after a home burglary incident in the 7000 block of North Tatum Blvd.

A woman called police just after 7:00 a.m. and said there was a grey Ford in her driveway that she did not recognize and two men knocking on her doors, said Lt. Michael Cole with the Paradise Valley Police Department.

While police were in route, the men entered the home through an unlocked door and stole the woman's credit cards, Cole said.

Officers arrived soon after and witnessed the men fleeing from the home, southbound on Tatum Blvd.

While the officers followed the suspect's car, they noticed the suspects throwing out the stolen credit cards. The suspects continued to drive until they reached the 100 block of South 36th Street in Phoenix, according to Cole.

The Phoenix Police Department began assisting Paradise Valley officers while the suspects fled on foot. A helicopter and K9 unit also joined in the search.

While Officers were searching a storage shed in the 100 block of S. 37th St. they located the first suspect, Matthew Dean Johnson. Officers then located the second suspect, Todd Stewart inside a residence at the same location, Cole said.

Paradise Valley police wish to remind all residents to always lock doors and set and alarm. For a home security survey or tips on how to make your home safer, you can call Community Resource Officer Kevin Albert at KAlbert@ParadiseValleyAZ.gov .
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