Police blotter 3-27-15

Wednesday, March 18

Two vehicles collided in north Claremont but, surprisingly, nobody was injured. According to Lieutenant Mike Ciszek, officers responded to Mt. Baldy Road and Padua after a Scion and Lexus collided at the intersection around 10:15 a.m. The driver of the Scion was traveling eastbound on Mt. Baldy Road approaching Padua when her vehicle crashed into the Lexus traveling southbound on Padua Avenue approaching Mt. Baldy. The Scion rolled onto its side, coming to a stop at the southeast section of the intersection. Los Angeles County Fire Department arrived and assisted the 37-year-old driver out of the vehicle. She was not injured during the collision. The Lexus came to a stop at the middle of the intersection. The driver, a 61-year-old Claremont resident, was not injured. Both vehicles were deemed totaled at the scene.


It’s a case of Phantom of the Pavilion as a thief made off with valuable equipment used by our local dinner theater. The suspects entered the Candlelight Pavilion at 455 W. Foothill Blvd. by unknown means and took $13,000 in theater and stage equipment, including laptops and microphones. Anyone with information should contact the Claremont Police Department at (909) 399-5411.


Thursday, March 19

A pedestrian struck by a vehicle while crossing Indian Hill Boulevard got lucky. According to Lt. Ciszek, the driver of a Honda CRV traveling westbound on Foothill Boulevard failed to see a pedestrian in the crosswalk while making a right turn to head north on Indian Hill. The 70-year-old driver struck the 24-year-old Claremont resident then drove away. The female victim suffered a one-inch abrasion to her knee and complained of pain in her ankle and teeth. The driver told police that he saw that he hit the girl, drove home to get his information and came back to the scene. There was no visible damage to the vehicle.


Friday, March 20

A neighborhood north of Base Line Road was put on alert as Claremont police searched for two burglary suspects in the area. According to Claremont Sergeant Eric Huizar, officers responded to a residential burglary in progress on the 500 block of Bluefield Drive after receiving a call from a neighbor at around 11:50 a.m.

Two unknown thieves tried to enter the residence by smashing a rear sliding door, which activated the home alarm system. They then fled. A neighbor on the 500 block of Sebastopol Street heard the alarm then saw the burglars travel on foot toward Vail Park. They called the police. Within one minute of the call, eight Claremont officers arrived on scene and conducted a yard-to-yard search of the area. They were unable to locate the two suspects.

The victim arrived home during the investigation, notifying officers that a dark wood jewelry box containing numerous earrings and $800 cash was taken from the home. It is unclear at this time what, if any, other items are missing. As officers were concluding their on-scene investigation, a second witness told police she saw a red vehicle, perhaps a Ford Mustang, leaving eastbound on Grand Avenue at the time of the alarm. The first suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5-feet, 9-inches tall, wearing a red shirt and carrying a white bag, perhaps a pillowcase. The second suspect, possibly a female, is described as 5-feet, 9-inches tall, wearing a white shirt and a red baseball cap. The investigation is ongoing.


Sunday, March 22

A credit card reader was found at gas pumps of a local AM/PM. An unidentified customer notified an employee at the gas station that a credit card skimming device was attached to the payment machine located between the gas pumps. The gas station employee found a black plastic device attached to the credit card insert in the machine. After placing an out-of-order sign on the machine, the employee walked back in to call police. Upon the officer’s arrival, the device was already removed. The suspect is described as a male, 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing approximately 190 pounds, wearing a gray-green T-shirt, blue jeans and sandals. He was seen removing the device and left the location in a black Montero SUV without a license plate. Police were unable to determine how long the device had been on the machine and so far no victims have been located. 


Monday, March 23

Burglars strike again! Bandits used an unknown object to force open the gate to enter into the backyard of a residence located on the 400 block of Warner Street. The thieves pried open a sliding glass door of the home and stole $1,900 worth of property including $1,700 in jewelry and a $250 humidor.

—Angela Bailey


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