Police blotter 4-18-14

Thursday, April 10

Too much spare time on spring break landed three Claremont kids, aged 12-14, in trouble on Thursday. A resident in the 100 block of North Cambridge Avenue took a break from cleaning out his garage when he heard a commotion coming from a garage a few doors down. He attributed the noise to three boys, seen running from the home with three skateboard decks and several pairs of skateboard wheels in hand, according to Lieutenant Mike Ciszek. The neighbor got into his truck and followed the boys, who were seen stowing the loot in some bushes nearby. When he informed them he had called the police they began to run, but it was too late. All three juveniles were booked for burglary and released to their parents.

Friday, April 11

Police are on the lookout for a man cruising Claremont on a bike with pink handlebars. The women’s mountain bike was stolen outside of the Starbucks at Yale Avenue and Second Street on Friday afternoon. The owner had reportedly chained the bike to a rack in front of the coffeehouse, where it was stolen without her noticing just a few feet away. The bike is worth an estimated $500.


Saturday, April 12

A woman’s flight on Foothill Boulevard hardly went unnoticed. Two witnesses watched as Vanessa Romero, a 31-year-old Claremont resident, drove her car down College Avenue and into a center median on Foothill Boulevard around 2 a.m. The impact caused the car to fly approximately 75 feet through the air and into the chain link fence near the entrance to the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. When police arrived, the car was empty. Ms. Romero, who did not sustain any injuries in the crash, was seen walking down Foothill a short distance away. She was arrested for drunk driving.


Sunday, April 13

Another Claremont resident had goods stolen from a garage this week. On Sunday afternoon, a homeowner in the 600 block of Sycamore Avenue discovered several items missing from an unlocked car parked inside her garage. It is believed that an unknown person forced entry into the garage sometime the previous evening or morning. An estimated $190 in clothes, personal goods and other miscellaneous items were taken. A report was taken.


Monday, April 14

Driving troubles were brought to a new level for Anashia Goldsmith, a 24-year-old Los Angeles resident, when she failed to yield to a car heading east on Arrow Highway while making a left onto College Avenue. The cars collided and the other vehicle, with a baby inside, reportedly flipped over. No one was injured other than the at-fault driver, who was treated for a laceration, according to Lt. Ciszek. Ms. Goldsmith, who was found to be driving with a suspended license, was arrested.

—Beth Hartnett


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