Briefly In Public Safety

Trail of blood leads police to man

A 20-year-old Glendale man was arrested early Wednesday after cutting himself while allegedly burglarizing a local pharmacy and leaving a trail of blood, police said.

Artin Simonian allegedly broke the front window of the Pacific Medical Pharmacy on the 1100 block of Pacific Avenue at 4:03 a.m. Wednesday and seriously cut himself, leaving splashes of blood, Police Sgt. Vahak Mardikian said.

A box of syringes, the antidepressant drug Prozac and other prescription medications were stolen, Mardikian said.

“He did have some problems and was looking for some sort of drugs,” he said.

After the burglary, Simonian drove himself to Glendale Adventist Medical Center to get treated, Mardikian said.

But police had already advised local hospitals to be on the lookout for a man who had a deep cut because it was an injury likely related to the burglary, he said.

Glendale Adventist Medical Center staff notified police that they had a patient with a similar injury, Mardikian said.

Simonian allegedly admitted to police that he burglarized the pharmacy because he was looking for sleeping pills.

Officers searched his home, car and bedroom and found evidence linking him to the burglary, Mardikian said.

They also found a trail of blood from his driveway leading up to his home, he said.

“There was overwhelming evidence that he was the person involved with the crime,” Mardikian said.

Simonian posted bond Thursday and is scheduled to appear Dec. 17 in Glendale Superior Court.

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