Shoplifter chased by police on horses in New Mexico, video shows

This photo taken from Albuquerque Police Department police video shows police making an arrest on March 20, 2024 after a chase with a horse-mounted police officer in Albuquerque, N.M. The shoplifter was detained outside a Walgreens. (Albuquerque Police Department via AP)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police in New Mexico had all the horsepower in this chase: A shoplifter was detained outside a Walgreens this month after trying to outrun a horse-mounted police officer.

Albuquerque police bodycam video shows a dark-brown horse trotting through a parking lot behind a man in black clothing.

The horse catches up to him within seconds.

“It wasn't me,” the man yells as he leads the horse and police officer into the street, stopping traffic.

The man then finds himself surrounded when two more police officers on horses arrive at the scene, the video shows.

One of the officers dismounts from his horse and handcuffs the man, who has been charged with stealing $230 worth of merchandise from the Walgreens, according to the Albuquerque Police Department.