Couple search for dog taken by suspected car thief, police say

Rosemarie and Kane Anderson are searching for their 7-year-old dog Darcy after their truck was stolen with the dog inside (Rosemarie Anderson)

Rosemarie and Kane Anderson are searching for their 7-year-old dog Darcy after their truck was stolen with the dog inside (Rosemarie Anderson)

Pablo Chavira-Leon, 28 (MDC)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A couple who became victims of a car theft Thursday afternoon are now searching for their dog Darcy after the suspect, 28-year-old Pablo Chavira-Leon, told detectives he dropped off the small dog in northeast Albuquerque.

Officer Simon Drobik said Kane and Rosemarie Anderson are “extremely distraught” and asking the public’s help in finding the 7-year-old small dog, which was apparently dropped off by Chavira-Leon at San Mateo and Menaul NE.

Rosemarie Anderson said her husband was shopping in Ross when Chavira-Leon stole the truck, with Darcy inside, from the parking lot.

“This city is in trouble with these car thieves,” she said.

Drobik said Chavira-Leon was taken into custody near Zuni and Tennessee SE, after fleeing the stolen truck on foot. He is charged with receiving or transferring a stolen motor vehicle and aggravated fleeing.

According to a criminal complaint, an officer saw Chavira-Leon driving the stolen truck around 1 p.m.

Police say Chavira-Leon “immediately” fled and air support was called in to follow him as he nearly caused multiple crashes with different vehicles on the road.

Chavira-Leon eventually ditched the truck and ran into a backyard, according to the complaint.

That’s when police say officers set up a perimeter in the area, causing the lock down of nearby La Mesa Elementary School, which is less than a mile away.

Chavira-Leon was found by K9 units beneath some debris in the backyard a short time later, according to the complaint. He was taken into custody without incident.

Chavira-Leon told police he was with another man when he took the truck. That man has not been located or identified.