Police Blotter: November 5, 2021

by Mick Rhodes | mickrhodes@claremont-courier.com

Tuesday, October 26
A pair of Jetson electric bicycles valued at $400 each were stolen from the bike racks at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., sometime between 7:40 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The bicycles were left unlocked, police said. There is no suspect description, but anyone who may have seen anything is urged to call the Claremont Police Department at (909) 399-5411.

A Claremont man called police at 12:10 p.m. after receiving an alert on his phone indicating his ATM card — which he had on him, in his wallet — had just been used to make a withdrawal from the cash machine inside Stater Bros., 1055 W. Foothill Blvd. Cops arrived and reviewed security footage, which showed a man wearing a mask and sunglasses making the withdrawal with the fake card, but could decipher little other identifying information. Anyone who was at Stater Bros. around that time who may have seen anything that may be of help is urged to call Claremont P.D. at (909) 399-5411.

Witnesses called police at 3:24 p.m. after allegedly seeing 33-year-old Claremont resident Rogelio Castellanos staggering and falling to the ground at the Claremont Gardens apartment complex, 856 W. Bonita. Officers arrived and attempted to question Castellanos, whom they say was obviously inebriated. He was arrested on a misdemeanor drunk in public charge, and for two outstanding misdemeanor warrants out of Los Angeles County. He was booked and held in the Claremont jail before appearing in Pomona Superior Court later in the week.

Wednesday, October 27
Claremont police on patrol at 4:16 a.m. stopped a grey Dodge Durango for a vehicle code violation. A records check revealed the driver, Kristopher Carmichael, 45, from La Puente, had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. A search of the Dodge allegedly turned up methamphetamine and various stolen items, including mail and a handicapped placard. Carmichael was arrested on two new misdemeanor counts of receiving stolen property and possession of a controlled substance, and on the warrant. He was then booked and released with a citation to appear in Pomona court.

Thursday, October 28
Witnesses called police at 12:54 a.m. to report a woman was sleeping in her running car while it was parked at the AM/PM mini-mart and Arco gas station at 701 E. Foothill Blvd. Officers rousted Rebecca Gonzales, 27, from Pomona, and allegedly saw methamphetamine and a meth pipe in her lap. A records check then turned up a misdemeanor warrant out of San Bernardino County. She was subsequently arrested for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors, and the warrant. She was booked and released with citations to appear in court.

Saturday, October 30
An OfferUp transaction went south after a 41-year-old Claremont man met with a prospective buyer to sell a video game console and shoes valued at $150. The man met with a Hispanic female, five-foot-seven inches tall and approximately 140 lbs., wearing blue jeans and a red shirt, in the 1100 block of west Base Line Rd., 3:46 p.m. The woman is said to have then went to a waiting car, driven by a Hispanic man, to get cash. The pair then sped away with the items, the victim reported. Anyone who may have been in the area at the time and remembers any identifying information, including the car make or model, is urged to call CPD at (909) 399-5411.

Sunday, October 31
Claremont police pulled over a grey 2018 Chrysler 300 at 10:17 a.m. for a traffic violation near Arrow Highway and Mountain Ave. While questioning the driver, 43-year-old Moses Twyman, from Pomona, one of the officers allegedly saw a handgun sticking out of the front passenger seat rear pocket. It turned out to be a “ghost gun,” unregistered and without a serial number. Twyman allegedly told cops he built it himself. He was arrested for possession of an unregistered firearm, a misdemeanor, booked, and released with a citation to appear in Pomona court after posting $35,000 bond.

Claremont police stopped a grey 2014 Toyota Camry for a vehicle code violation at 10:54 a.m. near Foothill Blvd. and Garey Ave. A license plate check revealed the Camry had been reported stolen out of Montclair on October 28, and the driver, Pomonan Nicolle Gomez, 43, was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle, a felony. The passenger, 43-year-old Robert Bell, was allegedly found to be in possession of another ghost handgun, this one a loaded Glock-style weapon. A records check revealed Bell was a convicted felon, and he was arrested and charged with a new felony: felon in possession of a loaded firearm. He was booked and held until his November 2 arraignment in Pomona Superior Court. Gomez was booked and released with a citation.

A Pomona man was arrested on two felony charges after a resident in the 200 block of Carnegie Ave. called police after an unsettling and potentially dangerous incident involving a yet another loaded handgun and more methamphetamine. It began when Julio Izaguirre, 43, attempted to open the front door of the home, the resident said, and then made his way to the back patio area and took a seat. The resident then called cops, who arrived, searched Izaguirre, and allegedly found meth and a loaded .380 caliber handgun. Police say he told them he was lounging in the back yard “trying to clear his head.” A records check revealed Izaguirre had previous felony convictions, and he was subsequently arrested for another: possession of a firearm while in possession of a controlled substance, as well as for misdemeanor prowling. He was held in the Claremont jail before appearing before a judge November 2.

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