Police blotter 12-19-14
New prescription pill collection box at CPD
Since 2010, the Claremont Police Department, the Sunrise Rotary Club of Claremont and the DEA have provided education on the safe disposal of prescription medication. Since the program first started in 2010, Claremont police have collected over 3,500 pounds of prescription medication. Due to the overwhelming popularity of the program, the Sunrise Rotary Club of Claremont has donated a new collection box to meet the growing need.
The debut of the CPD’s new collection box will take place Tuesday, December 23 at 3 p.m. in front of the Claremont Police Department, located at 570 W. Bonita Ave.
Monday, December 8
A series of fires set in local dumpsters has attracted the attention of the Claremont Police Department. According to Lieutenant Mike Ciszek, an unknown suspect ignited the contents of a metal dumpster located on the 400 block of south Indian Hill Boulevard around 8 p.m. The fire fully engulfed the interior of the city-owned dumpster, burning several small holes into the sides of the container before being extinguished. Three similar fires have occurred in nearby dumpsters recently. Police continue to search for the suspected arsonist.
Tuesday, December 9
If Rudolph was guiding her sleigh, things might have been different for one gal. Jennifer Williams was riding her bicycle in the dark without a headlamp when Claremont police approached her on the sidewalk near Foothill and Lynoak around 10 p.m. While speaking with Ms. Williams, officers smelled a strong odor of alcohol and asked the 41-year-old if she’d been drinking that evening. Ms. Williams’ had a hard time keeping her eyes open and her speech was slurred when she told officers, “I’ve had my fair share.” Police determined she was more than four times the legal limit and arrested the San Dimas resident for public intoxication. She was later released on $250 bail.
Wednesday, December 10
A Pomona resident who forgot to “Click it” got more than a ticket when Claremont police pulled him over. Jose Ochoa was driving his Mitsubishi Expo near the 10 Freeway and Indian Hill Boulevard when officers stopped him for not wearing a seatbelt. A records check revealed Mr. Ochoa had three current suspensions on his driver’s license and officers could smell alcohol on his person. He was arrested for DUI and driving on a suspended license.
Another dumpster fire led to the arrest of a suspected arsonist. Claremont resident George Molina was located on the northwest corner of Merrywood Street and Digby Avenue in Pomona after police responded to a dumpster fire on the 900 block of west Arrow around 6 p.m. The 25-year-old allegedly used an unknown substance to start the fire in a metal city of Claremont dumpster located in the west alley of the location. He was arrested and later released on $50,000 bail. Mr. Molina has yet to be charged for the crime.
Thursday, December 11
Three local businesses were the target of unknown thieves in search of silver and gold. According to Lt. Ciszek, the unknown suspects used an unknown object to pry open the door of a dental office located on the 300 block of north Indian Hill Boulevard around 4:30 p.m. Within an hour, two other dental offices located on the 200 block of north Indian Hill were also broken into. The thieves made off with $1,000 in small pieces of gold, $2,500 in camera lenses, a $150 iPod as well as a $110 in mouth molds with fake gold crowns and fake, gold-plated silver military medals. The suspects remain at large.
The maxim, “Make yourself at home,”?was taken to a new level by a Riverside man. Around 10 p.m., a Claremont resident and her fiancé returned home to discover that a light was on in the bathroom of the residence located on the 600 block of West 11th Street. When the fiancé entered the home, he found Alex Bosserman taking a soak in the tub and charging his cell phone using the resident’s water and electricity. The 44-year-old Riverside man had entered the residence through an unlocked sliding glass door and was not known by the victim. He was arrested for burglary and processed at Claremont jail. Mr. Bosserman remains in custody at Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles, held on $120,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in court on January 7.
Friday, December 12
A student at San Antonio High School was arrested after police discovered marijuana in his pants. Around 8:45 a.m., a teacher smelled a strong odor of pot coming from the 15-year-old male student and notified the principal, who brought him to the office and called police. When officers arrived, they discovered a marijuana cigarette in the student’s right pant leg. The teen was arrested, transported and booked at Claremont jail where he was later released to his parent with a citation.
Saturday, December 13
A bride’s dream wedding turned into a nightmare when one of her guests was arrested for spousal abuse. Tanya Sanchez was attending a Padua Hills Theatre wedding with her fiancé when she allegedly drank too much and the couple began to argue. When Ms. Sanchez attempted to leave in her vehicle, her betrothed tried to stop her, but she grabbed him by the beard and ripped out a large chunk of his hair. The couple then fell to the floor where the 38-year-old San Dimas resident bit her fiancé on the left check, causing a half-inch cut near his eye. The victim held his forearm across the suspect’s chest to keep her away from him, causing a four-inch red mark. After listening to all accounts of the incident, officers believed Ms. Sanchez was the primary aggressor in the altercation and arrested her for spousal abuse. She was transported to Claremont jail where she was booked and released on $50,000 bail.