Homeowner’s keen eye helps CPD catch burglary suspects

Claremont police caught the bad guys thanks to the keen eye of a homeowner following a burglary in progress at her residence. Officers responded to the 1000 block of Pomello Drive at 3:20 p.m. after the victim arrived home and saw the door to the garage was open. She called into the residence and a male came walking out holding an iPad, telling her 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, later reporting over $250,000 in jewelry stolen. The victim told police she saw a car backed in at the northeastern portion of her property and provided a description of the male and female suspects and their vehicle—a light blue or turquoise car with a blanket in the rear window and a license plate beginning with the number 6.

During routine patrol the following day, a Claremont officer spotted the vehicle on the 400 block of Auto Center Drive and followed it as it entered eastbound on the 10-freeway from Indian Hill Boulevard, at which time the officer stopped the vehicle. The female driver, Esther Setiawan, 27, and male passenger Angelo Barsotti, 42, were detained at the scene and arrested for residential burglary following identification from the homeowner. Property from the Pomello burglary as well as others was located inside the vehicle. Both suspects have prior arrests for burglary, forgery and other offenses as well as prior addresses in West Covina, but currently claim to be homeless. They remain in custody on $50,000 bail each.

More police blotter on Friday.


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