Claremont police arrest man for breaking into La West

Claremont police arrested a West Covina man on suspicion of breaking into La West liquor store early Tuesday morning.

Officers responded to the liquor store at 333 Arrow Highway in the early morning hours of March 3, after burglars cut a hole into the drywall and stole alcohol, according to Sgt. David DeMetz of the Claremont Police Department.

The suspect vehicle was captured on surveillance cameras, and its description was shared with officers.

Later, the car was found by another officer in the parking lot of Motel 6 on south Indian Hill Boulevard. Alcohol and burglary tools were clearly visible in the car, Sgt. DeMetz said.

After confirming the owner and that he was a guest at the motel, police arrested him as he was leaving his motel room. He was identified as 40-year-old Frank Hernandez of West Covina.

Mr. Hernandez was arrested and booked on suspicion of commercial burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and committing a felony while on bond.

He is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail and will b arraigned on Thursday, March 5 at Pomona Superior Court.


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