Albuquerque Cops On Horseback Catch Shoplifter

This footage, provided by APD, shows the perspective of one of their mounted officers as they pursue a shoplifter while on horseback. The mounted officers were in the area on a different call when they were alerted to the shoplifter.


The suspect, 30-year-old Mark Chacon, stole an approximate $230 from a nearby Walgreen’s pharmacy, at which point the manager alerted the police.


While many American police forces have horse-mounted divisions, these are often ceremonial or deterrent in nature. It’s comparatively rare, and something of a humorous throwback, to see the law still being served from horseback in the storied Old West.


Regulators! Mount up! (I couldn’t resist.)


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Cole Simms

Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


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This footage, provided by APD, shows the perspective of one of their mounted officers as they pursue a shoplifter while on horseback. The mounted officers were in the area on a different call when they were alerted to the shoplifter.


The suspect, 30-year-old Mark Chacon, stole an approximate $230 from a nearby Walgreen’s pharmacy, at which point the manager alerted the police.


While many American police forces have horse-mounted divisions, these are often ceremonial or deterrent in nature. It’s comparatively rare, and something of a humorous throwback, to see the law still being served from horseback in the storied Old West.


Regulators! Mount up! (I couldn’t resist.)


About the Author

Author's Photo

Cole Simms

Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


Need a tried-and-tested fixed blade that's trusted by police, military and protective service users all over the world? Cole recommends Ironside Edge Works for your tactical or EDC blade needs.

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