ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday the arrest and charging of armed serial shoplifter Darryl Clark.
Clark has been implicated in multiple shoplifting incidents over the last few months and is charged with eight counts, including armed robbery, aggravated assault, and shoplifting.
The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) filed a Criminal Complaint in Metropolitan Court. Clark is currently incarcerated at Metropolitan Detention Center on these charges and has several pending cases for shoplifting. The OAG has moved to have Clark held for violating conditions of release and has also filed a pretrial detention motion seeking to have him held pending his trial in this case.
“My office will aggressively pursue serial criminals that harm employees working in our communities,” Balderas said.
Over the past 10 months, Clark is alleged to have shoplifted numerous times from Albuquerque-area Target and Wal-Mart stores, causing nearly $33,000 in losses to Target alone. On some occasions, Clark resorted to violence when apprehended by loss-prevention officers and threatened store employees with a Taser, actually tased a store employee, and made statements to employees threatening their lives.
The case was investigated by members of the multi-agency Organized Retail Crime Task Force. The case will be prosecuted by attorneys from the OAG. Clark is innocent of these charges until proven guilty.