Police blotter 4-25-14

Wednesday, April 16

A home fumigation in the 900 block of Amada Street. last week didn’t keep out all the pests. Crooks navigated the tenting and gaseous fumes to make off with a large bounty that included gaming consoles, an iPad, designer handbags and jewelry among other items, according to a police report. No suspects have been located.


Thursday, April 17

A Rancho Cucamonga resident got a little too passionate while campaigning for a cause on the Pitzer College campus Thursday afternoon. Micah Marchbank, a 26-year-old political activist asking students to sign a petition, allegedly became quite angry when passersby refused to join his cause. He became particularly aggressive to women, according to witnesses. Police effectively put an end to Mr. Marchbank’s petition. He was arrested for trespassing and for two outstanding warrants for petty theft and drunk driving.


Friday, April 19

Jason Wesley came to a stop on Friday night in more ways than one. Police caught up with the 31-year-old Fontana resident at a stop sign near Briarcroft Road and Firecroft Drive, where he was found slumped over the wheel fast asleep, according to Lt. Ciszek. A bit too much imbibing induced his state of slumber; police say Mr. Wesley was found with a blood alcohol content more than twice the legal limit. He was arrested for driving under the influence as well as for driving with a suspended license.


Sunday, April 20

Bernardo Lopez, a 47-year-old Claremont resident, learned the hard way not to fight a helping hand. An alleged argument with his taxi driver ended with an unexpected free stop for Mr. Lopez, right at the front door of the Claremont Police Department. Mr. Lopez was held at the local jail until he sobered up.


A suspicious man, seen walking in and out of the lobby at Howard Johnson Express at 721 S. Indian Hill Blvd., caused further alarm when he unexpectedly chucked an object at the lobby’s glass door. When police caught up with 32-year-old Richard Orcasitas of Pomona outside the motel, however, there was no sign of his previous agitation. Mr. Orcasitas was spotted walking along the rose bushes outside until catching sight of police, at which point he attempted to hide behind the shrubbery, according to Lt. Ciszek. But his cover was already blown.

With the assistance of two officers, Mr. Orcasitas was taken into custody for being under the influence of a controlled substance and booked at the Claremont police station.


Wednesday, April 23

A resident in the 700 block of Towne Avenue received an unexpected wake-up call around 2 a.m. on Wednesday courtesy of a starting engine. The resident was roused quickly as the sounding engine belonged to their own car, seen pulling out of the driveway without its headlights on, heading south on Towne. A report was taken, but there is no suspect information. While the car was locked, a spare key had been left in the glove box.

—Beth Hartnett


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