Police blotter 9-30-16

Thursday, September 22

A man wanted in a previous golf cart theft was arrested in the Sprouts parking lot. Craig Rothbauer, a 44-year-old La Verne resident, was located by police for having a warrant out for his arrest stemming from the theft, which occurred at Evergreen Storage on August 11. Mr. Rothbauer was arrested on a grand theft charge and transported to CPD jail.


Just after midnight on the 1900 block of north Towne Avenue, Kevin Gomez-Guerra, 25, from Rancho Cucamonga, allegedly entered an unlocked gray Honda Civic and took off with it. A day later, Police stopped Mr. Gomez-Guerra in the stolen car near the intersection of Monte Vista Avenue and Base Line Road around 1:30 p.m. He was arrested for possession of stolen property and warrants. A woman in the car, identified as 36-year-old Flor Pineda of Pomona, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.


A Claremont man was arrested after reportedly stealing a skateboard at the Claremont Colleges and fleeing the scene. Jonathan Medrano, 20, was detained by Campus Safety on the 300 block of east Platt Boulevard around 5 p.m. on suspicious of taking the skateboard, according to Lt. Mike Ciszek of the Claremont Police Department. Mr. Medrano then allegedly fled the scene, heading westbound on Platt, before Claremont police caught him on Sixth Street. He admitted to stealing the skateboard and was arrested.


Friday, September 23

Police are looking for a thief who ransacked an unlocked BMW on the 1400 block of Wells Avenue between 10 p.m. on September 23 and 7:40 a.m. on September 24. The suspect reportedly rummaged through the car, stealing a wallet containing school IDs, health insurance cards and a Disneyland annual pass. Anyone with information should call the Claremont police at (909) 399-5411.


Two bikes totaling more than $1200 were stolen from the Webb Schools between Friday evening and Saturday morning. The thief or thieves stole the two mountain bikes between 6 p.m. on September 23 and 8:30 a.m. on September 24, Lt. Ciszek said. The bikes, described as a chrome mountain bike and a women’s white mountain bike with green lettering, were sitting unsecured on a stairwell at the time of the theft.


Saturday, September 24

A homeowner scared away two would-be package thieves from a home on the 700 block of Twelfth Street. The two female thieves were attempting to take three packages that were in front of the home just before 4 p.m., Lt. Ciszek said. When the homeowner opened the front door, the ladies ran away and drove off in a newer- model black Dodge Dart. Nothing was stolen from the property. One of the suspects is described as a 25-year-old Hispanic woman, five feet, eight inches tall and weighing 140 pounds with brown hair and wearing a white tank top and dark shorts. The other suspect is a 35-year-old Hispanic woman, five feet, eight inches tall and 180 pounds with brown hair and wearing a gray t-shirt and dark pants.


Police are looking for two men who tried to rob two victims at knifepoint at the Claremont Colleges, Lt. Ciszek said.  Around 8:40 p.m. near the intersection of east College Way and north Columbia Avenue, two men in a white sedan approached the victims, got out of the car and asked if the victims knew where to get some marijuana. When the victims said no, one of the suspects brandished a knife and demanded the victims’ property. The victims ran away, and the would-be robbers drove off. Both suspects are described as Hispanic men around 20 years old—one is five feet, nine inches tall and weighs 200 pounds and the other is six feet tall and weighs 170 pounds.


Sunday, September 25

A Riverside man was arrested on a drunk and disorderly charge after police gave him a golden opportunity to get a ride home. Police found 35-year-old Kenneth Arellano passed out in the driver’s seat of a white two-door Honda Accord in front of Bank of America around 3:45 a.m., Lt. Ciszek said. Officers gave Mr. Arellano an option to get a ride home, and he contacted an Uber to come pick him up. A short time later, the Uber returned to the scene and Mr. Arellano exited, telling officers he was going to wait 30 minutes to drive home “because he would be sober enough to drive,” Lt. Ciszek said. He was arrested and transported to CPD jail, where he was released without charges after sobering up.

Monday, September 26

Police officers were on a foot patrol of the Knight’s Inn grounds when they noticed two men—later identified as 22-year-old Daniel Salvador-Ramos and 24-year-old Joe Guardado—walking through the parking lot wearing backpacks and looking at parked cars around 9:20 a.m., Lt. Ciszek said. The two men admitted to having methamphetamine and a pipe in their possession. A search revealed the meth in Mr. Salvador-Ramos’ backpack and the pipe in Mr. Guardado’s front right pocket. They were both arrested and transported to CPD jail.


A Pomona man was arrested for criminal threats after reportedly threatening the life of an employee of the Chevron-McDonalds. The incident occurred around 1:38 p.m., when 47-year-old Teddy Presley and the victim were engaging in an argument. Mr. Presley allegedly told the victim that he was going to come back to the location and kill her, Lt. Ciszek said. The victim took the threats as credible and called police. Mr. Presley was located near Auto Center Drive and Indian Hill and was arrested for criminal threats and trespassing.


At around 6 p.m. on the 200 block of Marywood Avenue, a woman was walking outside her home when she noticed a rock thrown from the other side of a 20-foot wall separating her from the Claremont Village Commons apartments. The first rock hit a nearby stairwell but a second rock struck the woman’s five-month-old daughter in the back, Lt. Ciszek said. The infant was not injured. A third rock smashed the back window of the woman’s Honda Accord. The woman noted she could hear “juvenile voices and laughter” coming from the other side of the wall. The total cost of damage was around $300. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Claremont Police Department at (909) 399-5411.

—Matthew Bramlett


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