Police Blotter: July 22, 2022

Tuesday, July 12

At 3:51 p.m. officers with the Claremont Police Department were called to Denny’s restaurant in the 800 block of S. Indian Hill Blvd. because a man was allegedly threatening to harm the eatery’s employees. When police arrived the suspect had fled, but the man — Claremont resident Aaron Stricklan, 39 — was tracked down at the McDonald’s restaurant across the street. Police advised Stricklan he had an active court order to stay away from Denny’s. The restaurant’s management said they wanted Stricklan taken into custody, so he was placed under private person arrest and transported to the police department where he was issued a citation to appear in Pomona Superior Court.

Thursday, July 14

At 5:48 p.m. police were called to Courier Place apartments in the 100 block of S. College Ave. by a woman who suspected her grandson had taken her car. A short time later the car showed up. Police are investigating, but say they have no proof the grandson took the car.

Saturday, July 16

At 1:06 p.m. somebody called police from the Claremont Club, in the 1700 block of Monte Vista Ave., to report a fire. When police arrived, they determined the fire was not in Claremont but was at a self storage facility near Foothill Boulevard and Central Avenue in Upland, where a recreational vehicle was burning. A total of 15 vehicles were destroyed in the fire, according to San Bernardino County Fire. Foothill was briefly shut down adjacent to the fire while a crew battled the blaze.

A resident of the 600 block of Blanchard Place, who was not home at the time, called police at 10:16 p.m. after seeing a suspicious person on the home’s Ring doorbell feed. The camera allegedly caught a 32-year-old unhoused man removing a screen from a front window of the house and removing the battery from the Ring device. The suspect was not able to enter the property and left on a push scooter taken from the front yard, according to police. The resident was able to provide a description of the suspect, who was contacted by CPD a short distance away, where they say he proceeded to admit to the alleged crimes.

He was arrested for burglary, receiving stolen property, providing false information to an officer and for an outstanding San Bernardino County felony warrant. He was cited on the new charges and transported to West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga for the warrant.

One of Claremont’s license plate reader cameras captured an image of a car that had been reported stolen in Montclair. Officers spotted the vehicle on Indian Hill Blvd. near San Jose Ave. at 11:16 p.m. and pulled over Montclair resident Courtney Ruggio, 38. During a records check, police discovered Ruggio was wanted for a burglary in Glendora. She was arrested and cited for the stolen vehicle and then turned over to Glendora police for the alleged burglary.

Sunday, July 17

Police were called at 8:19 p.m. regarding a traffic collision near the intersection of Foothill Blvd. and Mills Ave. Upland resident Walter Canarsuarez, 62, was heading east on Foothill when he allegedly collided with the concrete median between the traffic lanes and the dedicated bicycle lane.

Officers contacted Canarsuarez and performed a standard sobriety test after observing objective symptoms of alcohol intoxication. He was arrested for driving under the influence, cited, and released. The Claremont officers who made the arrest were on a DUI “saturation patrol” which is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

At 8:36 p.m. police were called about an individual who was apparently throwing rocks at skateboarders at the parking structure in the 100 block of First Street. Arriving officers contacted Pomona resident Raymond Donahue, 43, who allegedly said he was the self-appointed security guard for the parking structure.

A records check turned up two outstanding warrants, one from Claremont. He was arrested and released with a citation to appear in court.


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