Claremont police arrest residential burglary suspects

Claremont police officers responded to a residential burglary in progress in the 1000 block of Pomello Drive at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 9.

The resident arrived home at 3:20 p.m. and saw that the door to the garage was open. She called into the residence and a male came walking out holding an iPad. He said he was a contractor doing work then walked past her as she entered the home. At that point, the resident realized her home had been burglarized.

When the resident exited the residence, she saw a car backed in at the northeastern portion of her property. A female was seated in the driver’s seat and the male entered the passenger’s seat at which time the duo traveled north on Padua Avenue in what the resident described as a light blue or turquoise car.

The first number on the plate was said to be the number six. The vehicle was further described as having a blanket in the rear window.

The suspects were described as a male and female, both white and skinny, 20 to 25 years old and wearing dark clothing. The current known property loss is over $250,000 in jewelry.

During routine patrol on Friday, April 10, a Claremont Police Department officer spotted a teal-colored Honda Fit (CA Lic # 6UAA783) exiting the driveway of the business center in the 400 block of Auto Center Drive. The car drove east on Auto Center Drive and entered the eastbound on ramp of the 10-freeway from Indian Hill Boulevard, at which time the officer stopped the vehicle. The female driver and male passenger were detained at the scene.

Property from the residential burglary on Pomello was located inside the vehicle. A witness of the burglary was brought to the scene and both suspects were positively identified and arrested for residential burglary. Property from other burglaries was also discovered in the car.

The suspects are Angelo Barsotti, 42, and Esther Setiawan, 27, who both have prior arrests for burglary, forgery and other offenses. Both suspects have prior addresses in West Covina but currently claim to be homeless. They are being held at the Claremont police jail in lieu of $50,000 bail each and are scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday, April 14 in the Pomona Superior Court.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call the Claremont Police Department at (909) 399-5411.


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