An early morning car thief only got to drive his purloined ride for min­utes Monday before be­ing nabbed by Ardmore police.

Capt. Eric Hamblin, Ar­dmore Police Department, said Kenneth Welch, 33, was taken into custody following a brief foot chase in the 1000 block of A Street SE. He was booked into the Carter County Detention Center to await formal charges.

Ham­blin said the theft oc­curred in the 400 block of Locust Street about 6 a.m., when the victim went outside to “warm up” his car.

“He said a male sus­pect, brandishing what he thought was a knife, approached him and stole the car,” Hamblin said.

Within minutes Ard­more patrol officers found the car. When Welch real­ized officers had spotted him he stopped the car but instead of giving up he attempted to flee on foot. A block later, he was in custody, along with the screw driver he had used as a weapon in the theft.

By Monday afternoon Welch had been formally charged by the district attorney’s office with first­ degree robbery. He made an initial appearance in district court, where bond was set at $80,000. Welch remains detained pending the posting of bond and/or the outcome of the case.