Harvey Aragon Jr. from Albuquerque is facing charges after police said that he stole chickens from Montessori school children.
Aragon was arrested this week and was found hiding in a downtown Albuquerque apartment closet with smudges of chicken manure on his jeans.
Police also said they found three chickens in the backseat of his Buick Skylark. Next door was the chicken coop belonging to Escuela Del Sol Montessori School.
The arrest came after a school caretaker called police about a possible break-in early Thursday morning.
School director Friedge van Gil said the chickens were used to educate students about chicken care.
Aragon was charged with commercial burglary and possession of stolen property over $500.
It was unclear if he had hired an attorney.