Surprise police catch fleeing shoplifting suspects

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Police caught four shoplifting suspects after they fled a CVS store in Surprise Wednesday morning.

At approximately 8 a.m., two male suspects took portable LCD televisions from the CVS store located near Sunrise and Clearview boulevards and left the scene in a vehicle, according to Surprise police Sgt. Bert Anzini.

Witnesses were able to get the vehicle's license plate and Surprise police located it in the area of Loop 303 and Cactus Road.

Officers stopped the vehicle and took three suspects into custody. A fourth suspect fled to a nearby residential neighborhood. Police chased that suspect and found him hiding inside a garbage can.

Police recovered the two stolen TVs inside the suspects' vehicle as well as additional property sold by CVS that was taken during a separate incident.

Armando Vargas, 22, of Surprise, was arrested and charged with two counts of trespassing in the first degree, possession of marijuana, resisting arrest, shoplifting, and possession of burglary tools.
Gabriel Lopez, 23, of Phoenix, Crystal Garcia, 22, of Surprise, and Jack Munoz, 23, of Avondale, were arrested and charged with shoplifting.

The suspects were booked into the Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail.