Police blotter 6-26-15
Tuesday, June 16
A quick response time by Claremont police may have scared off thieves who broke into a north Claremont home. Officers responded to the 3700 block of Grand Avenue at approximately 9:50 p.m. after unknown intruders entered the residence through a rear glass door. Motion sensors within the home triggered the alarm system that notified Claremont police of an intrusion. CPD arrived to the crime scene within minutes but the burglars had already fled the scene undetected. It appears nothing was taken from the home; the investigation remains ongoing.
Thursday, June 18
Pterodactyls weren’t the only things flying during a screening of Jurassic World at Laemmle’s Claremont 5. According to Detective Hector Tamayo, 30-year-old Jeffrey Delgado had bought a ticket to see the dinosaur adventure film when he became involved in a verbal altercation with another patron over “loud-talking” during the movie. The argument quickly turned physical, with Mr. Delgado punching a 63-year-old Upland resident in the face. The victim suffered redness to his face and the Rancho Cucamonga resident was arrested for battery.
Friday, June 19
A man with a stroller and no baby pushed his way through a local supermarket and walked out with $240 in merchandise. The thief entered Stater Bros on Foothill Boulevard with stroller in hand at approximately 3:15 p.m. and loaded up on Enfamil baby formula and Gillette razors before fleeing the scene on foot. Employees recognized the man, noting to police that he’d committed similar crimes within the store on prior occasions, but he was not located. The investigation remains ongoing.
Claremont police recovered a stolen vehicle after it was spotted cruising through the City of Trees. According to Det. Tamayo, officers responded to Indian Hill Boulevard near San Bernardino Avenue. around 4 p.m. in search of a 2001 Chevy Suburban reported stolen out of Anaheim. CPD located the vehicle in the parking lot of Popeye’s Chicken and, with guns drawn, detained four occupants within the SUV without incident. The 20-year-old driver, Jennel Aguirre from Ontario, told police that she’d borrowed the car from a friend and had no idea it was reported stolen. Further investigation revealed the three remaining occupants had outstanding warrants and were taken into custody. Ms. Aguirre was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle and later released on $15,000 bond. The Chevy was returned to its rightful owner.
Saturday, June 20
A Montclair man with a cold one in the car was arrested for driving under the influence after he collided with another vehicle in north Claremont. Officers responded to the area of Mt. Baldy Road and Padua Avenue around 6:45 p.m. after a Chevy Heritage High Roof (HHR) was involved in a traffic collision. Driver Martin Enriquez was traveling west on Mt. Baldy Road when he turned into the east lane and hit a Subaru XV containing a 48-year-old female driver and her 54-year-old male passenger. The victims, both Mt. Baldy residents, complained of pain to their neck, chest and abdomen following the accident and were transported to Pomona Valley Hospital for treatment. Upon investigation, police discovered an open Modelo beer, still cold and one-quarter full, as well as a Pacifico beer on the passenger floorboard of Mr. Enriquez’s car. The Montclair man was found to be three times the legal limit and arrested for DUI. He has since been charged with two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage causing injury and entered a plea of not guilty on June 23. Mr. Enriquez remains in custody at Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles, held on $50,000 bail.
A Claremont senior made an unsafe turn, sending her off the road and into a nearby wall. According to Det. Tamayo, the 73-year-old driver was traveling west on Arrow Highway near Elder Drive around 7:30 p.m. when her Toyota Avalon struck a curb and a concrete light post, causing it to fall down on a cinder block wall below. The female driver told police she didn’t recall what had happened but she may have fallen asleep behind the wheel, sending her adrift and damaging the front of her vehicle. The airbags deployed upon impact and the woman suffered injuries to her nose, chest and both knees but refused transport to a local hospital.
Monday, June 22
Claremont police responded to two Claraboya homesteads under construction that were burglarized over the weekend. The first home, located in the 2500 block of San Andres Way, was entered through an unlocked rear door with the unknown thieves making off with $2,000 in copper piping. Thieves used the front door to gain entry into a second residence in the area, located on the 700 block of Via San Simon. Once inside, the unknown burglars stole $500 in tools and damaged copper piping, causing $700 in water damage as a result of flooding. The investigation remains ongoing.
Tuesday, June 23
A motorcycle rider suffered a serious injury after losing control of his bike.
The 63-year-old Banning resident was making a turn in the parking lot of Pomona Valley Health on Monte Vista Avenue when he misjudged a turn and crashed his Suzuki to the pavement. Los Angeles County Fire responded to the scene around 3:30 p.m., where the victim suffered a broken left leg and lacerations to his lip. He was transported via ambulance to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center for treatment.