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Crime Trackers: OVPD arrests convicted felon after getting report of suspicious person

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ORO VALLEY -

An alert neighbor and good police work got a convicted felon back off the streets.

It happened at Riverside Park in Oro Valley last Monday. A citizen called police to report a man on a bike staggering.

Det. Mike Cruce investigated the case. 

"When the officers got there, they found a person who matched the description half asleep on one of the picnic tables," he said.

Police asked for his identification and noticed a black bag. The officers asked to search it, he declined.

The man with the bike was later identified as 29-year-old Myles Johnson. Cruce said he is a convicted felon.

Shortly after police questioned him, a friend named Loni Hill picked him and they left. 35 minutes later, police were called to a neighborhood about a mile from the park. 

A victim reported his car was broken into. His garage door opener and his brand new bicycle were taken. The bike matched the one Johnson had.

Another theft occurred two doors down.

"A loaded semi-automatic pistol was also taken from his vehicle," said Cruce.

As for that black bag Myles Johnson had in the park, Cruce said, "we suspect the stolen firearm was likely in the bag."

Bekah Collins regularly brings her three children to Riverside Park. 

"Wow, that's shocking," she said. "I don't think twice when I’m here. It's usually families and parents with young kids, not criminals."

Because of their earlier contact with Johnson, they found him in Catalina. Police also found Loni Hill, the friend who allegedly picked Johnson up at the park. Both were arrested.

Police said they recovered the stolen merchandise along methamphetamine.

Johnson was charged with several counts of burglary and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hill was charged with drug possession.

A check on Johnson with the Arizona Department of Corrections showed he was released from prison in 2014. He served time for burglary and for being a prohibited possessor.

"I’m really grateful to that person who called Oro Valley Police," said Collins. She also gave police kudos for their response and for arresting the couple within hours from the 911 call.

Det. Cruce said that call led to getting a dangerous person off the street with a weapon.

Oro Valley police want the public to know, if you see something say something. You never know what the outcome might be.

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