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.