Police arrest two for stealing $15,000 in gas station goods

Two men were arrested after they allegedly sole $15,000 worth of merchandise from a Claremont gas station, including lottery tickets and potato chips.

Police arrived to the Chevron station at 267 south Indian Hill Boulevard at 2:35 a.m. Monday morning after an alarm went off, Sgt. David DeMetz of the Claremont Police Department said. When they arrived, they say a white Chevy truck fleeing from the station.

Once police pulled the truck over in a nearby residential area, a passenger jumped out and fled on foot and was not located. Two other men in the car—37-year-old Ruben Carvajal of Pomona and 39-year-old Michael Orozco of Pomona—complied with officers and were arrested.

Inside the truck was Chevron display cases containing lottery tickets, cigarettes, cigarette lighters, potato chips and drinks, police said. All told, the approximate value of the stolen goods was $15,000.

A crow bar, saws, files and pry tools, which police said were used to commit the burglary, were also found in the truck. Surveillance footage from the store showed the suspects smash the front glass door, police said.

Both Mr. Carbajal and Mr. Orozco were arrested on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said. Mr. Carbajal was also arrested for driving on a suspended driver’s license and false vehicle registration, and Mr. Orozco had warrants related to identity theft, possession of burglary tools and possession of controlled substances.

The suspect who got away was described as a Hispanic man wearing all black clothing with his face covered.

Mr. Carbajal is being held at the Claremont city jail in lieu of $20,000 bail, and Mr. Orozco is being held on $75,000 bail. Both will be arraigned in Pomona Superior Court on Thursday, March 21.


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