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Police blotter 10-31-14

Wednesday, October 22

An Upland resident broke a few laws, attracting the attention of Claremont police who later arrested him for DUI. Andrew Dillon was driving 55 mph in a 40 mph zone without headlights when officers stopped his Ford F150 around 1 a.m. on Foothill Boulevard near Towne Avenue. The 27-year-old driver told officers he was on probation for a previous DUI conviction. During the course of the investigation, officers determined Mr. Dillon was driving with a blood alcohol content greater than .08 and was arrested for DUI. He was later released on $25,000 bail.

 

Thursday, October 23

A Trader Joe’s shopper became the victim of petty theft after leaving her purse unattended in a shopping cart. The woman had been picking out her groceries when she walked away from her cart for a moment and an unknown suspect reached into her purse and removed her wallet. A witness yelled at the suspect, who then dropped the wallet before being detained by fellow shoppers. The suspect then fled the area before police arrived on scene, giving new meaning to TJ’s “Fearless Flyer.” Officers conducted an area check but were unable to locate the suspect , who is described as a 30-year-old male, 5’7’’ and around 140 pounds with black hair. The wallet, valued at $100, was recovered intact.

 

Friday, October 24

Two baby bears got into a heap of trouble after they went dumpster diving at Padua Hills Theatre and were unable to get themselves out. With mama bear distraught nearby, a Good Samaritan came to their aid and the three bears were reunited. Goldilocks has yet to be found.

 

Saturday, October 25

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride took a detour through Claremont and ended with a Disney DUI. Kaprish Thomas, dressed as Minnie Mouse with ears and all, was driving around 2:30 a.m. when officers witnessed the vehicle make a right turn on a red light near Indian Hill and San Jose. Police conducted a traffic stop and what they saw warranted more than just an E-ticket. Officers determined the 25-year-old driver was under the influence of alcohol and her passenger, riding shotgun, was holding an approximately 1-year-old baby on her lap. According to Lieutenant Mike Ciszek, Ms. Thomas told officers they were returning from partying, and in a hurry as they’d just picked up the baby from the sitter. Ms. Thomas was arrested for DUI and released at 8:25 a.m. on $5,000 bail. The passenger and her child were given a FastPass and picked up by someone with a car seat.

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An Upland woman set up her own DUI checkpoint after officers discovered her disabled vehicle blocking traffic on Monte Vista Avenue. Police responded around 1 p.m. to a call for a welfare check of a woman who crashed her Cadillac Escalade into a curb near Shenandoah Drive. When officers made contact with the driver, Kathlyn Schauer, both passenger-side tires were flat and the SUV was resting on the rims. The 65-year-old driver stepped out of the Escalade, walked towards officers with her arms flailing and a stern look on her face, and said, “I’m just mean as hell, I’m going to a funeral!” Suspecting Ms. Schauer may be intoxicated, the officers attempted to perform preliminary alcohol screening tests that she was unable to complete. She kicked off her shoes and barefooted, held on to the officer’s left arm. Ms. Schauer was arrested and booked for DUI. She was later released on $5,000 bail.

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A Diamond Bar teen got booked for stealing a book. The suspect, a 16-year-old male, entered Rhino Records around 4:30 p.m. and saw a book that piqued his interest. The thief placed the book, Art Psalms by Alex Grey, in a bag that he had entered the store with and then attempted to leave. When he set off the antitheft alarm, an employee detained the teen and found the $23.99 book in the bag before calling police. The boy was arrested and later released to his mom.

—Angela Bailey

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