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Police Blotter 9-4-15

Wednesday, August 26

A Claremont resident with a keen eye alerted police to a suspicious car in the area that resulted in the arrest of its occupants. A white Jaguar devoid of license plates was spotted driving near Hollins Avenue and Lamonette Street at approximately 10:25 a.m. Officers located the car, conducted a traffic stop and, following a consent search of the vehicle, arrested the driver, Pomona resident Carol Frost, and her passenger, Timothy Sloat of Claremont. The 51-year-old woman was arrested for an outstanding warrant while Mr. Sloat was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and booked for the offense.

 

Thursday, August 27

Claremont officers responded to a location north of the city maintenance yard at Mt. Baldy and Padua Avenue after receiving a call of an abandoned vehicle. Upon their arrival, police discovered a ’97 black Ford Mustang badly damaged by some sort of chemical, possibly acid. A records check revealed the car had been reported stolen out of Upland. The investigation remains ongoing.

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A senior McDonald’s employee caught a break today with minor injuries after a Pomona woman unknowingly struck him with her SUV. According to Claremont Detective Hector Tamayo, Juan Negrete was going about his morning duties and sweeping the parking lot of the fast food joint when a Chevy Suburban hit him at approximately 8:36 a.m. The 61-year-old driver told police that she was blinded by the sun and did not see the 73-year-old man in her path. Mr. Negrete received a small abrasion to his left elbow as a result of the accident, but otherwise appeared to be fine.

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Three residential burglaries occurred in North Claremont, with the culprits escaping arrest. Thieves entered a home on the 4000 block of North Garey Avenue through an unlocked rear window sometime between 10:50 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Numerous pieces of jewelry and a Hummel music box were taken from the residence. There were no witnesses. A second home, on the 1000 block of Fuller Drive, was also burglarized between 1 to 11 p.m. after thieves shattered a glass door and ransacked the residence. More than $25,000 in watches, jewelry and cash was removed from the home. A third abode, located on the 900 block of Brigham Young Drive and equipped with both a security system and surveillance cameras, was also targeted by thieves who stole various items including costume jewelry and watches before fleeing the scene. The theft occurred between 7:15 and 9:10 p.m. after the homeowner failed to activate the home security alarm before leaving the residence. Surveillance cameras were not working at the time. The investigation remains ongoing in all three cases.

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A Claremont resident called police after a suspicious person knocked on her door and covered up the peephole so she couldn’t see who was there. Officers responded to the 400 block of Middlebury at approximately 3:56 p.m. and discovered a man had entered the woman’s backyard, drank from her hose and taken a pomegranate from her tree before leaving the location with a suitcase in hand. Police made contact with 32-year-old Michael Fox, who was combative with officers and tried to flee during detainment. After exhibiting signs of instability, Mr. Fox was transported to a local hospital for observation. On August 30, he was released to the custody of Claremont police, who booked him for attempted burglary and prowling as well as resisting and escaping arrest. He was later released on $50,000 bond with a notice to appear in court.

 

Friday, August 28

A Claremont resident was arrested for DUI after his drinking buddy called the police on him. According to Det. Tamayo, Michael Jackson and his friend had downed a few beers at a house when the 41-year-old plumber decided he was leaving and got behind the wheel of his newly-acquired company vehicle. Police received a description of the van, outfitted with the business logo, and located Mr. Jackson driving on the wrong side of the road near Bucknell and San Jose avenues. Officers made contact with the driver, who exhibited signs of alcohol intoxication and had an open can of Bud Lite in the vehicle. With a BAC of more than two-times the legal limit, Mr. Jackson was arrested and booked at Claremont jail. He was later released on $5,000 bond.

 

Saturday, August 29

Two vehicles collided in the Village, resulting in one driver being transported a local hospital. An 18-year-old Ontario man pulled his ’95 Toyota Corolla into the path of a ’97 Honda Civic at approximately 2:30 a.m on First Street and Indian Hill Boulevard. Following the collision, the 23-year-old driver of the Civic complained of pain to her face and was taken to Pomona Valley Medical Center for treatment while her passenger refused treatment, for a cut to his upper lip. The driver of the Corolla complained of pain to his face and left forearm but refused treatment, as did his passenger who complained of a ringing in his ears.

 

Sunday, August 30

Burglars continue to take their exploits to new heights, gaining entry into homes through a second-story access point. Officers responded to the 3000 block of Elmira Avenue after a thief broke a glass sliding door to an upstairs bedroom, entered the residence and ransacked the home. Property loss is undetermined at this time. The homeowner discovered a patio chair had been placed under the balcony that was not previously in that location. Although the home was equipped with a home alarm system, it was not set to activate at that time.

—Angela Bailey

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