Police blotter 10-21-16

Tuesday, October 11

A chain reaction in the Stater Bros parking lot led to a car smashing into the window of a dentist’s office. The accident happened just before 3 p.m., when a Toyota Rav4 parked in a handicapped stall began to roll away due to the driver not putting it in park, Lt. Mike Ciszek said. The car rolled toward a second car, a Ford SUV. The driver of the SUV got out of the car to avoid the collision, and did not put their car in park. The Rav4 hit the SUV, which then rolled into the front window of the office, causing a bent window frame and broken glass. There were no injuries.


An Ontario woman was arrested after she refused to leave a stranger’s car in the parking lot of Chevron/McDonalds. The driver of the car parked around 4 p.m. but did not lock his car when he left. When he returned an hour later, he found 53-year-old Audrey Finley reportedly sitting in the driver’s seat, refusing to leave. The cops were called and Ms. Finley was finally coaxed out of the car, but she tried to leave with the man’s sunglasses and loose change. She was arrested for petty theft and transported to CPD jail.


Wednesday, October 12

Police arrested Jose Gonzalez, 59, on a drunk and disorderly charge after he tried to sleep it off in the grass at Motel 6. The Ontario man allegedly walked into the lobby around 9:15 p.m., turned in his car keys to the front desk, walked outside and took a nap. Mr. Gonzalez told police he only had three beers to drink. When officers asked if he knew where he was, he replied, “Chino, or something.” He was eventually given a free ride to sleep it off in a Claremont Police Department jail cell.


Thursday, October 13

An Upland man was arrested after police found numerous used needles and other drug paraphernalia in his car. Officers were called to the AM/PM on the corner of Foothill and Claremont Boulevards around 2 a.m. regarding someone possibly using drugs at one of the pumps. They made contact with 23-year-old Simon Planavsky, who had a used syringe in plain view of officers on the passenger seat of his car, Lt. Ciszek said. A further search allegedly revealed more syringes, a spoon and a meth pipe. Mr. Planavsky was arrested and transported to CPD jail.


Friday, October 14

Police are looking for a suspect who allegedly beat up two people during a fight at Oak Park Cemetery. The first victim was at the cemetery at around 2:20 p.m. to apparently watch a fight that was scheduled when the aggressor started punching and kicking him. The second victim then intervened and the suspect punched him in the head. The suspect is described as an African-American man, 5 feet, 8 inches tall and 130 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information should call the Claremont Police Department at (909) 399-5411.


More than $7,000 worth of property was stolen from a home on the 400 block of Vista Drive. The burglary happened between 9:30 and 10:30 p.m., when the thieves entered the house through an unlocked sliding glass door and ransacked the place, Lt. Ciszek said. Among the items stolen were three MacBooks, a Fendi backpack, two iPhones, shoes, sunglasses, two wallets and cash. The total value lost was $7,700. There is no suspect information at this time.


Another burglary happened the same night, with the thieves targeting a salon and getting away with around $5,000 in property. The break in occurred between 9 p.m. on October 14 and 10 a.m. on October 15 at Salon Bloom. The burglars entered the business, removed surveillance cameras and took a safe and a large amount of make-up and skincare products. It is unknown how the burglars entered the salon. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Claremont Police Department.


Saturday, October 15

A man was arrested after being accused of masturbating in his car in the First Street parking structure. A woman walking to her car just after 12:30 a.m. on the third floor of the structure said she noticed a man sitting in his car with the dome light on, apparently pleasuring himself. The woman called police. The man was pulled over after leaving the parking structure and was arrested.


Two people were arrested after trying to swipe baby formula from Stater Bros. The theft happened around 5 p.m., when 22-year-old Richard Peek of Bloomington allegedly slid a few packages of the formula into his bag and left without paying. When police arrived, Mr. Peek tried to flee the scene, eventually getting caught while hiding underneath a car. Mr. Peek was also found to have active warrants for his arrest out of San Bernardino County. A woman with him, 26-year-old Amanda Hayes of Yucaipa, was found to be in possession of a hypodermic needle and was arrested.


Sunday, October 16

A scuffle at a Trump rally led to a Pomona man getting pepper-sprayed. The man was driving past the pro-Donald protest on First Street and Indian Hill Boulevard around 1 p.m. and got out of his car to engage with them. During the argument, an Upland woman made “some vulgar comments” to the man. The man got in the woman’s face, and the woman’s 13-year-old son tried to intervene. The man allegedly chest-bumped the 13-year-old, and the woman sprayed the man with pepper spray. Police were called and a report was taken, but nobody at the scene wanted to pursue prosecution.


Monday, October 17

Police arrested an Ontario woman after a short early-morning pursuit on Foothill Boulevard. Officers tried to pull over a car driven by 27-year-old Cara Welsh for speeding, but she reportedly did not heed their call. The chase ended a mile later when Ms. Welsh pulled into the AM/PM at Claremont and Foothill Boulevards, Lt. Ciszek said. A 7-year-old boy was in the backseat of the car, and Ms. Welsh was allegedly driving the car while under the influence of marijuana. She was arrested for the pursuit and child endangerment and transported to jail.

—Matthew Bramlett



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