Police blotter 5-13-16

Wednesday, May 4

A burglar smashed a glass door and ransacked a home on the 2600 block of San Andreas Way. Between 5:30 and 10:12 p.m., the thief smashed the glass door to the master bedroom, going through bathrooms and closets before leaving with a safe valued at $300, according to Lt. Mike Ciszek. Personal documents and prescription pills were in the safe at the time. Anyone with information should call the Claremont Police Department at (909) 399-5411.


Thursday, May 5

A pregnant woman was arrested at Casa Moreno after police found a meth pipe in her purse. Officers were called to the location after 37-year-old Rebecca Netherton of Garden Grove was seen harassing customers and employees at the restaurant around 7:45 p.m. When officers were talking to her, Ms. Netherton would not take her hand out of her purse. Officers searched the handbag, found the pipe and arrested her for possession of drug paraphernalia. During booking, police also found a small baggy of methamphetamine hidden in Ms. Netherton’s bra. She then began to complain of contractions due to the pregnancy and was transported to Pomona Valley Medical Center for treatment.

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Police were called when several observant neighbors witnessed a group of men entering the backyard of a home on Pomello Drive. The three prowlers were first noticed on the 500 block of Pomello at around 7:20 p.m. when they arrived in a dark grey four-door BMW sedan. They were seen exiting their vehicle, jumping the gate and walking around the property for about 13 minutes. A witness saw the prowlers hiding in the bushes around the home. The prowlers then fled the property, got back into their BMW and drove off. The residents, who were home at the time, did not realize the men were on their property. Surveillance footage captured the men, who are only described as six feet tall. Police believe they may be responsible for a number of burglaries in the area. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Claremont Police Department at (909) 399-5411.


Saturday, May 7

A pregnant woman who was on the missing persons database was arrested at Norm’s Restaurant. The fracas happened around 1 a.m., when police allege that 29-year-old Michelle Chaplen of Pomona hit her boyfriend during an argument at the restaurant. She is currently 10 weeks pregnant with their child. The punch did not do any physical damage to the boyfriend and he refused medical attention, according to Lt. Ciszek. During the investigation, it was revealed Ms. Chaplen had a warrant out for her arrest and was listed as a missing person on March 2. She was arrested for the warrant and domestic battery, and her name was removed from the missing persons database.


Sunday, May 8

A woman’s backpack was stolen as she visited Oak Park Cemetery on Mother’s Day. The theft happened between 11 and 11:15 a.m., when the woman left her backpack, which contained her Chase debit card and a Sprint flip phone, on a tree branch on the southeast side of the cemetery. The thief then grabbed the backpack and took off. The total value of the stolen goods was $58. Anyone with information about the incident should call the Claremont Police Department.


Monday, May 9

Police are on the lookout for a man who is reported to have flashed two women who were sitting on a bench. The incident happened at around 5:40 p.m. on the 800 block of Columbia Avenue. The women were on the bench when the man, described as a Caucasian male in his 30s, walked up to them and exposed himself through the zipper hole in his shorts. He did not say anything to the victims and continued on his way. The man was described as standing six feet tall, weighing 160 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. At the time, he was wearing a dark-colored long sleeve shirt and carrying a towel. Surveillance footage captured images of the man, but not the alleged flashing. Anyone with information should call the Claremont Police Department at (909) 399-5411.

—Matthew Bramlett


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