ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A suspected copper wire thief could not out run Albuquerque police.
Patrick Valencia, 27, faced a judge Saturday for criminal damage to property and larceny charges.
According to the criminal complaint someone saw Valencia stealing copper wire from telephone poles on Coors Boulevard NW near Interstate 40.
An officer later spotted Valencia pulling wire from an irrigation box, when she identified herself, Valencia bolted toward the interstate.
He was later caught at a Motel 6 where he was staying with his girlfriend.
He was arrested, and she was, too, on an outstanding felony warrant.
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