By Jeff Shultz
A Pauls Valley man with a lengthy felony rap sheet added one more arrest to his record this past Sunday after he was arrested in connection with a burglary west of Stratford.
According to the Garvin County Sheriff’s Office, Lonnie Dwayne Johnson, 46, of Pauls Valley was arrested in Sulphur after it was discovered he was in possession of stolen property taken from the rural Stratford home.
Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes said his office received a burglary call Sunday, May 20, at around 1:30 p.m.
Sheriff’s Deputy Jared White responded to the call and while en route to the rural residence he received a second call reporting the suspect was headed south bound on Highway 177 from Stratford.
“Murray County authorities were notified by Garvin County E911 Center which led to Officer Justin Pittman of the Sulphur Police Department locating the vehicle and suspect in their city,” Rhodes said.
Meanwhile, White conducted an investigation at the rural home and determined entry was made into the residence through a window.
“At the time of the stop in Sulphur, the suspect still had numerous items taken from the residence in Garvin County which were positively identified by the property owner,” Rhodes said.
Rhodes commended the witness who made the second call to the Sheriff’s office, which led to Johnson’s arrest.
“Without the quick assistance of the witness in this case, deputies would have been left with little or no information to solve this crime,” Rhodes said.
Rhodes added a reminder to all county residents of the importance to be aware of their property as well as their neighbor’s properties for suspicious activity.
Johnson was booked into Murray County jail on the felony charge of possession of stolen property.
The burglary case is still under investigation, added Rhodes.
Johnson, according to Rhodes, has a lengthy felony conviction record dating back to 1989 relating to thefts in Garvin, McClain and Beckham Counties.