Claremont police K-9 unit captures, arrests commercial burglar

Claremont police arrested Jeremy Paulson, a 36-year-old transient, after he was seen using a screwdriver to pry open an office door at 250 W. First St. in Claremont.

At around 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8, the Claremont Police Department received a call reporting that a male was seen trying to pry open the door of third-floor office. Officers arrive, including a K-9 handler and his K-9 partner, Luther. Officers located two separate offices on the third floor, which showed signs of forced entry.

When police entered one of the offices, Luther immediately alerted to a small room with a locked door indicating that a suspect was possibly inside. Police called out to the suspect but there was no response from inside the small office. Based on the pried open door and property, including three computer bags and other items stacked near the front door, officers determined the suspect was committing a commercial burglary, police say.

Officers lifted a small portion of the ceiling and saw the suspect hiding inside the small room. Police urged Mr. Paulson to surrender, but he refused to exit.

After about five minutes with Mr. Paulson remaining uncooperative, K-9 Luther entered the room and apprehended him, according to police. Mr. Paulson was arrested for commercial burglary and two warrants, including a no bail warrant for robbery and a misdemeanor warrant for possession of a controlled substance. Mr. Paulson is on active parole for robbery.

LA County Fire responded and treated Mr. Paulson, who was then transported to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center for further treatment. No officers were injured during the incident.

Mr. Paulson is being held at the Los Angeles County Inmate Reception Center without bail.


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