UPDATE: November 4, 2020 8:50 a.m.
According to WFPD officials, multiple individuals have been arrested and charged in connection to the sting operation at the Walmart on Lawrence Road.
According to the WFPD, officers received information that a subject was attempting to sell a stolen rifle that had been stolen from a Texas Ranger’s vehicle in Iowa Park.
An operation was set up to buy the gun and when the suspects arrived the vehicle was taken down in the parking lot of Walmart on Lawrence Road at around 10 p.m. Tuesday.
Three suspects were taken into custody and a search of a suspect’s vehicle revealed three handguns and one of the stolen rifles. The Burglary Unit was called in to assist in the investigation and interviews.
The suspects were interviewed and provided information on where the second rifle was located. In addition, a search of one of the suspect’s residences revealed other items stolen from the Ranger’s vehicle.
An additional search of a home in the 2500 block of Marie Street revealed the second rifle stolen from the Ranger’s vehicle. Darion Smith, 19, Cory Bustamante, 17, Edward Ramos, 20, and Jason Weber, 21, were arrested for multiple offenses including possession of a prohibited weapon, theft of a firearm, unlawful carrying a weapon, possession of marijuana, and evading arrest.
A juvenile suspect was released to his mother and will be charged at a later date.
UPDATE: November 3, 2020 10:48 p.m.
According to WFPD Sergeant John Spragins, three burglary suspects are in custody and being interviewed after WFPD set up an operation to purchase stolen guns.
WFPD put out a Crime Stoppers tip Tuesday morning about the stolen guns in Iowa Park.
The theft happened on November 3, 2020, between 2:30 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. in Iowa Park, several vehicles were broken into including one vehicle that was a Texas DPS vehicle.
The suspects stole police equipment out of the locked vehicle.
WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — There is a heavy police presence at Walmart on Lawrence Road in Wichita Falls.
Not much is known at this time but crews are on scene to bring you the latest coverage on this incident.
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