Weatherford police last week arrested two parolees accused of repeatedly entering area business breakrooms and stealing employee wallets and credit cards. 

The arrests came after weeks of work by the department to locate the man and woman believed responsible for the thefts that occurred over the holiday season. 

The department published surveillance photos of the two, who reportedly used the stolen credit cards to purchase gift cards, in an attempt to identify them. 

“The Weatherford Police Department received information through Facebook messages that identified the suspects as John Hermanestas Byrd and Tina Ruggles and that they have been staying in hotels along Interstate 20 from Dallas to Abilene committing similar crimes throughout Texas,” police said in a statement. 

The couple, wanted in other areas, as well, were believed to be driving a green Ford Expedition with Kansas plates.  

Patrol officers checked local motels daily for approximately two months, according to police. 

Around 2 p.m. Jan. 27, a patrol officer saw the two suspects in a SUV at a convenience store in the 200 block of Old Dennis Road. 

Byrd fled police but, after a short foot pursuit, was arrested, as well as Ruggles, who was found hiding nearby, according to police. 

Byrd has been charged with credit card abuse, evading arrest, resisting arrest and failure to identify as a fugitive from justice. He also has theft-related warrants from North Richland Hills and Young, Erath, and Eastland counties, as well as a parole violation warrant, according to jail records. 

Ruggles has been charged with possession of a controlled substance and fraudulent use or possession of identifying information. She also has theft-related warrants from Eastland County, as well as a parole violation warrant. 

“The Weatherford Police Department would like to thank all who viewed, shared, commented, and provided information about the incident,” Weatherford police said in a statement on Facebook. “Your help brought an end to a large crime spree throughout North Texas.”

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