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Suspected car burglar arrested in Balloon Fiesta parking lot

Keith Hirschfeld

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A man leaving the Balloon Fiesta with his family returned to an unpleasant surprise Wednesday morning when he found two strangers sitting in his car.

He managed to pin one of the men – later identified as 27-year-old Keith Hirschfeld – on the ground until police arrived, according to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court.

Hirschfeld is now charged with burglarizing a vehicle and larceny.

Clarence Sanchez told police he and his family were walking through the parking lot after the Fiesta when he saw the men in his car. He said he ran to the passenger’s side, where both men were sitting, and punched the man in the back seat in the head.

That man ran off. Hirschfeld was not so fast.

Sanchez said he pulled Hirschfeld from the front seat onto the ground, and held him there until police and security officers arrived.

Hirschfeld told police he had confused the car for his mother’s and didn’t mean to break into it, but officers discovered he was lying on a screwdriver, according to the complaint. They also saw that the locks on the front doors were punched in.

Officers took Hirschfeld to the Fiesta’s medical tent, where he was cleared by a doctor.

He was then booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center. His name is spelled Keith Hirchfeld in jail records.

Hirschfeld’s mother, Mona Bustamante, said her son has been struggling with drug addiction for the past several years and has been living on the streets.