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Police blotter 5-30-14

Wednesday, May 21

A Fontana man with a discerning palate was arrested after allegedly shoplifting snacks and whiskey from Super King Market in Claremont. According to Lt. Mike Ciszek, the suspect, Antar McCollum, was detained around 2 p.m. at the 400 block of Auto Center Drive after lifting a bottle of Johnny Walker Black Label, tabbouleh and Arabic bread from the store. The 60-year-old man was later arrested by police for petty theft and released on $1,000 bail, an amount much higher than the $31 it would have cost him in groceries.

 

Thursday, May 22

Claremont officers pursued a Pomona driver after he failed to yield at a traffic stop. Trevon Lofton was driving near Foothill Boulevard and Mills Avenue at around 10 p.m. when officers tried to pull him over. The 20-year-old failed to yield to the officers, who then followed the fleeing vehicle for about a mile. Mr. Lofton finally pulled into the Trader Joe’s parking lot where a traffic stop was conducted. While in custody, a DMV check revealed the suspect’s driver’s license was suspended. Mr. Lofton was arrested for evading an officer and driving on a suspended license. He was later released on $25,000 bail.

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A vehicle heading westbound on Foothill Boulevard nearly hit the center median three times before officers arrested the driver for DUI. Police observed the driver, Federico Rojas-Zamora, and his Ford F150 straddle between lanes and followed the vehicle for about half a mile before stopping the driver. The La Verne resident showed visible signs of intoxication and officers conducted a field sobriety test. The 60-year-old was arrested for driving under the influence and released on $5,000 bail.

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An unlocked door was enough reason for thieves to enter the home of a Claremont resident and steal $3,300 worth of electronics and gaming systems. Around 5 p.m., the unknown suspects entered the home on the 500 block of Converse Avenue through an unlocked sliding rear door, moved the property and then fled through a south side gate. Lt. Mike Ciszek noted that several of the stolen items, totaling approximately $1,000, were later recovered in the victim’s backyard.

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Officers were called to a Claremont residence where a homeowner was trapped inside by a transient’s pitbull who had attacked and killed her dog. Humane Services arrived at the home located on the 1300 block of Tulane Road where both the deceased chihuahua-terrier mix and the pitbull were taken into custody.

 

Friday, May 23

A call to police regarding four suspects fighting on a Claremont street resulted in two arrests for outstanding warrants. Officers arrived at Base Line Road and Glenn Way where four suspects were detained and questioned, with officers concluding that no crime had been committed in Claremont. However, police did arrest Carolyn Gray, 55, of West Covina for an outstanding warrant for unlicensed driving. Fontana resident, David Peterson, 45, was also arrested for an outstanding warrant for driving on a suspended license. Ms. Gray was booked and released on $5,000 bail, as was Mr. Peterson on $26,000 bail.

 

Saturday, May 24

Claremont officers responded to the 900 block of West Arrow Highway after receiving multiple reports of gunshots fired in the area. A man told police he was shot at while walking in an alley near the Claremont Village Apartments at approximately 12:30 a.m. but he was not hit. A check of the area revealed expended shell casings at the scene. The suspect(s) are unknown at this time.

 

Monday, May 26

A 24-year-old transient was arrested at the Claremont Lodge after a physical altercation with the mother of his child. Terrance Alogo, 24, allegedly struck and kicked the victim on two separate occasions in the presence of their one-year-old son. Mr. Alogo was arrested for domestic violence and violating a court order already in place.

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A thief got quite a workout at the Claremont Club on Memorial Day. The unknown suspect managed to pry open the driver’s side window of a Chevy Avalanche in the Club’s parking lot and make off with the vehicle’s in-dash navigation system and several CDs totaling $900.

 

Tuesday, May 27

Citrus Glenn by Taylor Morrison fell victim to grand theft when unknown suspects broke into the construction site on Base Line and Padua Avenue and made off with $20,000 worth of materials.

Copper plumbing, copper wiring and other building supplies were removed from the site sometime between 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 24 and 6 a.m. on Monday, May 26. The stolen items were taken from both inside and outside of the newly-constructed homes located on the 900 block of Base Line Road.

—Angela Bailey

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