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Police blotter 10-7-16

Tuesday, September 27

Police are looking for a thief who stole a unicycle. The unicycle was swiped around 7:30 p.m. on the Harvey Mudd College campus. The approximate value of the unicycle was $190. There is no suspect information at this time, but a suspect running away carrying a unicycle should pique some suspicion. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Claremont Police Department (909) 399-5411.

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Three separate cars were burglarized in the Claremont Club parking lot. The break-ins occurred between 8:30 and 9 p.m., according to Lt. Mike Ciszek of the Claremont Police Department. In all three instances, the burglar used an unidentified tool to smash the back window of the cars. A briefcase was taken from a BMW, a backpack containing miscellaneous personal items was stolen from a Honda Fit and a backpack containing a laptop was stolen from a Chevy Traverse. The briefcase from the BMW was later found in the Montclair LA Fitness parking lot.

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A transient was arrested after he reportedly threatened the life of a Stater Bros. employee. The incident occurred around 9:55 p.m., when 26-year-old James Jimenez allegedly told the employee “he was going to kill [the employee’s] family.” The employee was in fear for his life, as Mr. Jimenez has been at the supermarket in the past. Mr. Jimenez was located in an alley behind the market and was arrested for criminal threats.

 

Wednesday, September 28

Police are looking for whoever sent in a false bomb threat to a church. The note was discovered just before 10:00 a.m. by employees of the First Baptist Church on the 400 block of north Mountain Avenue, Lt. Ciszek said. Police checked every corner of the church, but no explosive device was found. Church officials believe the culprit could have been a female transient who was shooed away from sleeping on church grounds earlier in the summer.

 

Thursday, September 29

Two mountain bikes and a Coleman tent were among items stolen from a garage on the 900 block of Sweetland Street. The theft happened between 12:30 and 6 a.m., when the burglar entered the garage through an unlocked side door. In addition to the bikes and the tent, the burglar got away with a bag containing sailing gear, an Apple Macbook, rollerblades, a shave and took kit, $300 in miscellaneous tools and a weather proof sailing jacket. There is no suspect information at this time.

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A Pomona man was arrested for warrants after refusing to pay his bill at Denny’s. Ryan Hamilton, 40, was arguing with restaurant staff just before 9  a.m. about the price of a bill when police were called. When officers ran a check on Mr. Hamilton, they found two outstanding warrants for his arrest. He was arrested and transported to CPD jail, and an unidentified customer at the restaurant ended up paying Mr. Hamilton’s bill.

 

Friday, September 30

Two iPhones were stolen from a car in the parking lot of Bikram’s Yoga. Between 4:30 and 6:10 p.m., the thief smashed the rear passenger side window of the car and stole the phones. The total value of the phones was $800. Anyone with information should call the Claremont Police Department.

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Two people were arrested after getting caught in a stolen Mercedes. Job Alonzo, 29, from Los Angeles, and 23-year-old Jazmine Alonzo were arrested after police picked up on a black 2013 Mercedes ML35 that was reported stolen out of Los Angeles earlier that day. Both Mr. Alonzo and Ms. Alonzo were taken into custody near the intersection of Arrow Highway and Towne Avenue around 11:15 p.m.

 

Saturday, October 1

An Upland man was arrested after lighting and throwing a Molotov cocktail in full view of a nearby police officer. The officer was driving behind a black Volkswagen Jetta near the intersection of Oak Park Drive and Augustine Avenue when someone in the front passenger seat chucked the Molotov cocktail—a glass bottle full of gasoline with a lit rag on top—at a parked car. The cocktail missed the car and smashed onto the street, causing a large explosion. The officer pulled the car over and arrested the man who allegedly threw the explosive, identified as 20-year-old Jackson Struyk. Mr. Struyk was arrested for exploding a destructive device and transported to CPD jail.

 

Monday, October 3

Police are investigating the disappearance of two pieces of jewelry totaling around $9,500 that went missing after a party in June. The party took place on June 6 on the 1500 block of Lafayette Road. Before the party, the victim placed her tanzanite pendant and earrings in a drawer in her master bedroom. The day after the party, she noticed that the jewelry was missing. She did not report the incident to police until October 3. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Claremont Police Department.

—Matthew Bramlett

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