Car thief arrested after short chase

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – There was a massive response by APD overnight after officers caught up with a car thief.

Around 11 p.m. Sunday, police said the man was in the stolen truck at an Albertson’s near Lomas and Juan Tabo. When officers tried to approach the suspect, 50-year-old Christopher King, he took off.

It didn’t take long for officers to track him down.

“At one point it struck an item, we’re not sure what he struck but he blew a tire on the vehicle so officers discontinued any kind of chase, and just followed the track marks the tire was leaving on the roadway,” Officer Fred Duran said.

The track marks lead police to Mountain and Wyoming.

Police believe at some point King lost control, crashed then took off on foot. Officers then set up a perimeter and called in K-9 units, who found King. He was then arrested.

This isn’t the first time king has faced similar charges. But that wasn’t the reason for the massive response by APD.

“Our senses are heightening, based on the stuff that’s been going on within the city recently,” Officer Duran said. “The more units we can have in the area the better for both officer’s safety and the safety of the residence in the area.”

APD said the recent shooting of an officer has the department on high alert. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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