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2 men arrested in Tamarac pharmacy AC unit theft

Detectives: Men sell AC unit to scrap metal yard to buy food, drugs

From left: Matthew Anzaldi, David Baker
From left: Matthew Anzaldi, David Baker

TAMARAC, Fla. – Two men believed to have stolen an air conditioning unit from behind a Tamarac pharmacy last month have been arrested.

Matthew Anzaldi, 22, and David Baker, 45, both of Merritt Island, were arrested Friday on charges of grand theft.

Detectives said at least two callers identified the suspects as being part of a labor force office located near the Benzer Pharmacy, 5431 N. SR 7.

Anzaldi was taken into custody when he showed up at the labor office Friday morning looking for work. Detectives said he was driving the pickup truck that was used in the theft.

Baker was found at Florida Medical Center, where he was being treated for an injury unrelated to the burglary, detectives said.

Surveillance video captured two men cutting the AC unit from the wall behind the pharmacy on Sept. 25.

The video shows the men pushing, shoving and tipping the unit for about 15 minutes in an effort to load it into the truck.

After appearing to get tired and frustrated by their lack of success, the men manage to knock over the unit and push it onto the bed of the truck.

Detectives said the pair have been in South Florida for about a month. They said the men sold the $3,000 AC unit at a scrap metal yard for $100 and used the money to buy food and drugs.

Detectives said Anzaldi told them that he and Baker are addicted to the drug flakka.

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