Police blotter 9-5-14

Wednesday, August 27

Homebuilder DR Horton became the victim of grand theft when more than $5,600 in framing materials were taken from the Serrano construction site. The unknown suspects forced their way into the gated lot located on the 2000 block of Mountain Avenue. Thieves commandeered a forklift, moving large concrete pillars for better access to the 4-by-8 and 2-by-4-foot pallets. The suspects made off with the goods undetected.


Thursday, August 28

Home burglars continue to target Claremonters, and residents continue to help them by leaving their windows and doors unlocked. Unknown suspects entered a home on San Benito Court through an unlocked bedroom window and made off with various items including a television, laptop, jewelry, clothes and books as well as other items totaling more than $10,000. The suspects remain at large.


Chino resident Kandee Lewis was arrested after she was spotted driving a U-Haul reported stolen out of Pomona on August 22.  A traffic stop was conducted around 11 p.m. and the 51-year-old woman was arrested without incident. According to Lieutenant Mike Ciszek, officers conducted a search of the vehicle’s cab and discovered a locked safe. A key to the safe was found in the suspect’s wallet and, once opened, stolen property including personal mail, bank statements and a crack pipe were found. Ms. Lewis was placed in a jail cell where she proceeded to vomit on the bed and floor, telling officers she was going to have a stroke. She was later released on $25,000 bail and transported to Pomona Valley Hospital to be treated.


Friday, August 29

An elderly driver caused minor damage at the Joslyn Center when his vehicle unexpectedly drove onto a grassy embankment. The 82-year-old man told officers that something was wrong with the car’s accelerator, however, neither the officers nor the tow truck driver could find anything wrong with the car. The driver was given a DMV re-examination form and released.


Thieves with a serious case of the late- night munchies raided Claremont High School and left quite a mess in their wake. The unknown suspects entered the campus and forced their way into the water polo snack shack by prying open a security shutter on the west side of the shed. Once inside, the sneaky snackers helped themselves to $40 worth of various food items and sodas and then ransacked the place before fleeing over the south fence.


Pianos weren’t the only things dueling at a favorite Claremont hangout when a verbal altercation between siblings escalated into a bloody battle between friends. Suspect Christian Deleon, 24, was drinking with his sister and some buddies at PianoPiano around 11:15 p.m. when he wanted to leave the location and the others didn’t. The West Covina man began arguing with his party in the DoubleTree parking lot when things turned physical. During the course of the fight, Mr. Deleon allegedly picked up a rock and struck a male friend of his sister. The victim suffered two half-inch lacerations to the head. Mr. Deleon was arrested for assault causing great bodily injury and released on $30,000 bail.


Saturday, August 30

A big, red sign with the words “STOP” just wasn’t enough to deter thieves from taking it. Around 11:30 p.m., unknown suspects broke a wooden post displaying the reflectorized stop sign on the corner of Bucknell and Doane Avenues. The cost to repair the post and replace the sign is $300.


Monday, September 1

A Claremont resident was arrested after his stepdaughter alerted police that he had been video recording her nude without her permission. The 20-year-old victim had just taken a shower and returned to her bedroom when she found a hidden cell phone, belonging to her stepfather, recording her every move. She went through the phone and discovered prior videos taken in her room, showing the man setting up the camera. The 46-year-old suspect was arrested and released on $25,000 bail.

—Angela Bailey



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