DARTMOUTH — A larceny suspect was caught hiding among boxes at Lowe's in Dartmouth on Sunday afternoon after the store was placed on lockdown for a police search.

Dartmouth Police said two officers responded to the North Dartmouth Mall for the sighting of a known larceny suspect at around 1:20 p.m. Sunday.

Jesus Torres, 28, of New Bedford was spotted walking towards the Stop and Shop plaza before allegedly running into Lowe's when officers attempted to stop him, according to police.

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The store was locked down while police searched for Torres.

Police said Officer Justin Amaral and his K-9 partner Gunner eventually found Torres hiding among some boxes.

He was arrested and charged with larceny over $1,200, three counts of shoplifting, and resisting arrest.

Police said he also has seven outstanding arrest warrants related to robbery and larceny.

Dartmouth Police Chief Brian Levesque commended the "exceptional teamwork" of the town's police officers and dispatchers.

"Their ability to coordinate a search in such a short period of time, while still maintaining the safety of the general public, was nothing short of remarkable," he said.

"It is now my hope that justice is properly served on this career criminal who, as of this time, has no business being on the street.”

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