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Police Blotter 8-26-16

Wednesday, August 17

Somebody stole more than $2,000 worth of copper wire from a construction site. The theft occurred between 8 p.m. on August 16 and 5:30 a.m. on August 17 on the 600 block of Claremont Boulevard, and was discovered when workers arrived at the site but found it had been broken into, according to Lt. Mike Ciszek. No suspect description was available, and police believe the copper thief got away in a red hatchback sedan. Anyone with information should call the Claremont police at (909) 399-5411.

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Richard Orcasitas, 34, was standing on the eastbound 10 freeway on-ramp just after midnight when he began throwing rocks at passing cars. He was later located near the intersection of Indian Hill Boulevard and Auto Center Drive. Police determined Mr. Orcasitas was under the influence and he was arrested.

 

Thursday, August 18

Somebody pried open a community mailbox on the 200 block of Carnegie Avenue, and police want to know who it is. The vandalism occurred between 8 a.m. and 1:10 p.m., when the subject pried open the rear panel doors of a cluster of 16 mailboxes with an unidentified metal tool. It was unclear if any mail was taken, but repairs to the mailbox are said to cost around $2,100. Anyone with information should call the Claremont Police Department.

 

Friday, August 19

Two women were arrested for DUI after one of them pulled over to check on the other during her field sobriety test. Claremont police first pulled over a car driven by 32-year-old Marleen Muñoz of La Puente around 2 a.m. after she was seen driving 55 mph in a 45 mph zone and tailgating another car. There was a strong odor of alcohol coming from Ms. Muñoz’s breath so she was given a field sobriety test. As the test was underway, a second car driven by 35-year-old Destiny Barraza of Ontario pulled over at the scene. According to Lt. Ciszek, she was Ms. Muñoz’s friend and wanted to check on her. The officer also noted a strong odor of alcohol coming from Ms. Barraza and determined she was also driving under the influence. Both Ms. Munoz and Ms. Barraza were arrested and transported to CPD jail.

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Police arrested a Montclair man after he harassed staff at Pomona Valley Health Center and ranted about snakes. Just before 8 p.m., Antonio Davilla, 51, allegedly tried to hit on a housekeeper at the center, located on the 600 block of Monte Vista Avenue. When she rebuffed him, he became enraged and started yelling at her. He was also ranting about “people coming at him with snakes.” The police were called, but Mr. Davilla left before they arrived. He returned to the scene again and continued to cause a ruckus, claiming the housekeeper approached him with a snake. Claremont police arrested Mr. Davilla for being under the influence of a controlled substance.

 

Saturday, August 20

A San Bernardino man led police on a short pursuit through Claremont in a stolen car just before 11:30 a.m. It all began when Claremont officers located a Honda Accord near Mt. Baldy Road and Evey Canyon that was reported stolen out of San Bernardino County earlier in the day. The driver refused to pull over, and led officers on a chase through the city that ended when the car pulled over on the 300 block of South Indian Hill Boulevard, Lt. Ciszek said. The driver, identified as 20-year-old Cody Circle, had never been issued a driver’s license and was in possession of burglary tools and a meth pipe. He was arrested on a laundry list of charges, including grant theft auto, petty theft with priors, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of burglary tools and possession of stolen property.

 

Sunday, August 21

Around $300 in currency and a $500 Apple iWatch was stolen from a car on the 800 block of Highpoint Drive. Between 11:30 p.m. on August 20 and 8:30 a.m. on August 21, the thief reached into a car window that was cracked open about 4 to 6 inches and unlocked the vehicle where he stole the goods from the car’s center console. There is no suspect information at this time. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Claremont Police Department.

—Matthew Bramlett

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