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Crime Trackers: Midvale residents team up with TPD to keep community safe

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Three people are under arrest in connection with a string of burglaries in the Midvale Park Neighborhood.

Members of the community gave tips to Tucson Police. Officers then found the suspects in a vacant house.

They arrested Gabriel Ramirez, Jorge Vega and Leslie Soto.

Police said they used the stolen property for personal use, traded it for drugs or pawned it.

Midvale Park residents said they look out for each other, that’s why they teamed up with Tucson police.

Joe Miller is the president of the Midvale Neighborhood Association.

“ It doesn't matter what the circumstances are you have to do the right thing,“ he said.

It was earlier this month at the National Night out event where Midvale residents did the right thing.  They began talking to police about the burglaries.

“That talking led giving the information to right people,” said Miller.

Enrico Garcia was one  of the victims. “I had a bad experience," he said. "People broke into my yard and stole my bicycle, it’s bad.”

He said he works hard for what he has and for someone to just take it is not right.

Neighbors said an elderly couple was also victimized. Their 50th wedding anniversary rings were taken. Also disturbing, one of the three arrested lives in the neighborhood.

“The neighbors around feel very comfortable this is their home," said Miller. "If you are doing things that are counterproductive, you are not going to feel very welcomed in this neighborhood.”

Of the three, 22-year-old Ramirez and 19-year-old Vega remain behind bars under bonds totaling  $11,000.  18-year-old Soto was released to pretrial services.

Miller had some advice for them. 

“Well I hope you turn your lives around," he said. "You're young. You make mistakes and hopefully you find those types of things that steer you in the right direction.”

Tucson Police said there have been more burglaries. Their investigation continues. If you  have  any information you are urged to call 911. If you want to remain anonymous, call 88-CRIME. 

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