Valley Juveniles Arrested For Crime Spree

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Juveniles from the Valley decided Payson was the place for a mini crime spree last week.

Two juvenile males, both 16, were arrested March 8 following a series of calls to police involving different incidents.

One Phoenix boy was charged with shoplifting. A boy from Scottsdale was charged with criminal damage, shoplifting, theft and burglary.

At about 8 p.m. Saturday, March 8, there was a report of juveniles shoplifting at Circle K North.

Around 11 p.m., the owner of La Sierra Mexican Restaurant, at the corner of Highway 87 and West Forest Drive, flagged down a patrol officer about finding a broken window at the restaurant, according to Payson Police Det. Matt Van Camp.

A trail of evidence led into a wooded area where officers found the cash register from the restaurant, plus a shoe print, which matched one found at the scene of the break-in.

During the burglary investigation, other patrol officers were called to a noise disturbance on West Forest Street.

Checking on the complaint, officers found a teen drinking party taking place, Van Camp said.

Officers noted that two of the teens in attendance matched descriptions given in the shoplifting incident.

Van Camp said even though there was a video and physical evidence linking the boys to the incidents, they continued to deny any involvement during their interviews with police.

The investigation is continuing.

In another incident, Friday, March 7, a search warrant was served at a residence on North Colcord at about 7 a.m.

Michael Ross Miller, 45, of Payson, was taken into custody for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, Police Lt. Don Engler said.

Engler said the search was made following an investigation of about nine months.

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