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Police nab two men in connection with vehicle thefts

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A hunt for a man wanted in connection with the theft of two vehicles ended with a bite from an Albuquerque police K-9 as he ran through the yard of a Northeast Heights home, according to APD spokesman Tanner Tixier.

Police arrested Israel Tijeria, 33, around 2 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon after searching neighborhoods near the intersection of Indian School and Chelwood Park.

The hunt began when police attempted to serve warrants for Israel Tijeria and his brother Reyes Tijeria at a house in the 1700 block of Kirby where a stolen motorcycle and another stolen vehicle were located.

Police captured Reyes Tijeria but his brother fled northward through the neighborhoods. Police then set up a perimeter in the area around Morrow and Algodones, just north of the intersection of Indian School and Chelwood Park.

Police used a K-9 unit to search houses in the area. A Belgian Malinois police dog stopped Israel Tijeria by biting him as he ran outside a house on Euclid between Paisano and Chelwood Park, Tixier said.

The motorcycle was a Kawasaki Ninja stolen about three weeks ago, according to a relative of the owner. Tixier did not have information on the other stolen vehicle.

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