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Police Blotter: December 24, 2021

Tuesday, December 14

Claremont Police Department received a 4:06 a.m. call from Claremont Colleges Campus Safety reporting a man who had been previously warned against trespassing had returned. Police arrived and found Alandro Dimry, 36, from Apple Valley, near Lincoln Hall, at 647 N. College Way. Dimry reportedly refused to identify himself, and he was subsequently arrested for resisting arrest and trespassing, both misdemeanors. He was then transported, booked and released with a citation to appear in Pomona Superior Court.

Friday, December 17

Claremont police had a rare victory in the fight against “porch bandits,” the thieves that steal delivery packages from the porches of homes in the area, a crime that has only ratcheted upward over the holiday season. It began after multiple calls came in about packages being stolen in the city throughout the day. Cops worked with victims’ home surveillance footage to identify the license plate of the car being used by the robbers, and at 4:15 p.m., located it in the parking lot of Norm’s, 807 S. Indian Hill Blvd. The two people inside the car, Brett Block, 31, from Riverside, and 30-year-old Rancho Cucamonga resident Bernadette Luster, were arrested on two misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen property and petty theft. Block also had a misdemeanor warrant out for his arrest. The pair were booked and released with citations to appear in Pomona court.

A DUI checkpoint in the 700 block of E. Foothill Blvd. netted one suspect, a 32-year-old man from Hoquiam, Washington, Lukas Mathis. Police say they suspected he was under the influence of a controlled substance as he came through the checkpoint at 9:51 p.m., and pulled him over. A drug recognition officer then conducted an evaluation and determined Mathis was under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant, likely methamphetamine. He was arrested on the misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, booked, and spent some time detoxing in the Claremont jail before being released with a ticket and a court date on the misdemeanor charge.

A few minutes later, Claremont police responded to a call about a man apparently passed out in his black 2010 Ford F250 in the parking lot at Waba Grill, 2209 Base Line Rd. Officers arrived and rousted Upland resident Scott Miller, 57, who, after undergoing a series of field sobriety tests, was arrested at 10:19 p.m. for misdemeanor DUI. Miller spent the evening and early morning in the Claremont jail and was then released with a citation.

Still another DUI arrest was made about an hour later after police received a call about a one-car hit and run accident near Monte Vista Ave. and Claremont Blvd. involving a black 2019 Nissan Ultima that had allegedly hit the center median. Cops tracked down the Ultima at Monte Vista and Shenandoah Dr. at 11:26 p.m., and after a field sobriety test, arrested the driver, Andres Estrada, 28, from Fontana, on a misdemeanor DUI charge. Estrada was jailed for a time and then released in the wee hours with a ticket and a court date.

Saturday, December 18

A 48-year-old Eastvale woman was arrested at gunpoint after a tense 9:48 p.m. traffic stop near Indian Hill Blvd. and the 10 freeway. It began when Claremont police pulled over a 2009 Audi A5 driven by Ebony Scheu. Police approached her driver’s side window and asked for her license and registration. While Scheu was opening her glove box to retrieve her registration, police say they saw a handgun. This caused them to draw their weapons and call for backup. After the officers arrived, they ordered her out of the Audi. She complied, and more officers arrived. A closer inspection of the weapon in the glove compartment revealed it was an altered pellet gun. A search of the car then allegedly turned up methamphetamine and a meth pipe, and Scheu was subsequently arrested on four misdemeanor counts of altering a gun to make it appear real, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving on a suspended license. She also had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for her arrest out of San Bernardino County. She was booked on the four new charges and the warrant, then released with two citations to appear before a judge in Pomona Superior Court.

Monday, December 20

A 43-year-old unhoused man apparently suffering from a mental health crisis was transferred to an area psychiatric facility after police arrested him for arson at the Metrolink station, 200 W. First St. Claremont PD received a 6:28 a.m. call reporting someone setting multiple fires in trash cans at the platform. Arriving officers found the man standing next to one of the burning containers, and arrested him on a misdemeanor arson charge. Back at the station for booking and jail, it became apparent the man was in need of help, so he was issued a citation and transferred to Aurora Charter Oak Hospital in Covina.

 

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