Anaheim police have arrested two men on suspicion of burglarizing pharmacies in separate incidents.
In a news release Tuesday, the APD said Joey Baldovinos, 20, of Alhambra, was arrested Friday, April 8 for burglarizing a pharmacy at 1012 N. Euclid St. on Jan. 7, 2016. Baldovinos is out of custody after posting $25,000 bail.
The APD also announced that on Monday, April 11 it arrested Darnell Clarke, 30, of Long Beach, for the burglary of the Medicine Shoppe, 2795 W. Lincoln Ave., on Oct. 29, 2015. Clarke, who the APD said is a documented criminal street gang member in Los Angeles County, is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail at the Orange County Jail.
Baldovinos, who is on formal probation for commercial burglary from an earlier pharmacy burglary in Los Angeles County, was arrested by detectives from the APD’s Burglary/Auto Theft Detail, along with investigators from the Vice Detail and Crime Task Force, during a probation search of his home at 2745 S. Fremont Street #4, Alhambra, the news release said.
The same pharmacy Baldovinos is suspected of burglarizing in January was burglarized again April 6, but police do not yet know if Baldovinos was involved. APD detectives are working with other law enforcement partners in an effort to determine how many other pharmacy burglaries Baldovinos may have been involved in.
Several empty bottles of prescription cough syrup containing promethazine and codeine found at Baldonivos’ home were not taken from the Anaheim burglaries, the news release said.
Clarke was arrested at the West Justice Center in Westminster for the Medicine Shoppe burglary. At the time of his arrest, Clarke was out on bail and appearing for a scheduled court hearing related to an August 2015 pharmacy burglary in Fountain Valley.
Anaheim detectives are working with other law enforcement partners in an effort to determine what other crimes, if any, Clarke has been involved in, the news release said.
At this point there is no known connection between Baldovinos and Clarke, the news release said.
Anyone who believes they know the source of the bottles pictured above, or has information about these or other crimes, is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS or by email at www.occrimestoppers.org