Alert officer catches 4 suspected in mall theft spree

A quick-acting officer helped catch four people wanted for shoplifting at malls around the country.

Officer Ryan Tooker recognized one of the suspects Thursday while patrolling the North East Mall in Hurst.

Police stopped the suspect’s car and found $4,000 worth of stolen items inside. Some men’s dress shirts still had sensors attached.

A total of four suspects from Florida were arrested. Maria Alvarez, Luis Perera, Osmany Martinez and Antony Ferreyra now face charges for organized retail theft.

Investigators believe they’re part of a larger theft ring and were also responsible for thefts at Firewheel Mall and NorthPark Mall.

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