Police blotter 3-31-17

Wednesday, March 22

Police are looking for a burglar who stole over $4,000 worth of jewelry. The break-in occurred on the 1800 block of Shenandoah between 3:50 and 4:30 p.m., when the burglar shattered the glass door in the back of the house to gain entry, according to Lt. Mike CIszek of the Claremont Police Department. Once inside, the burglar ransacked the house before getting away with the jewelry through a back door. There is no suspect information.


A Claremont man was arrested on child cruelty charges after a two-year-old girl was allegedly found wandering in the street by herself. The girl was discovered on the 100 block of Brown around 4:30 p.m., Lt. Ciszek said. Officers were able to find the home and contacted the father, 36-year-old Anthony Castellanos. Once inside the home, officers reportedly found a loaded shotgun in plain sight. Child Protective Services was advised and the toddler, as well as an 11-year-old and a six-year-old, were removed from the home to a family member. Mr. Castellanos was arrested and transported to CPD jail.


Thursday, March 23

Sometime between 5:30 and 6 a.m, a thief smashed the south window of Bikram’s Yoga and entered the business. The burglar rifled through the business, taking an unknown amount of items that were apparently left at the front of the business when police arrived, Lt. Ciszek said. There is no suspect information.


Friday, March 24

A Toyota T-100 truck was taken in broad daylight while the owner was working at a home on the 1100 block of Cambridge. The victim allegedly left the keys in the ignition at the time of the theft, which occurred around 1:15 p.m., according to Lt. Ciszek. There is no description of the suspect at this time.


Saturday, March 25

Two cars were broken into within hours of each other at the Evey Canyon turnout. The first break-in occurred between 10:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., when the thief smashed the back window of the victim’s truck, stealing around $4,500 worth of computer equipment that was in the back seat, Lt. Ciszek said. In the second burglary, which occurred between 4:30 and 6 p.m., the suspect smashed the passenger window and stole a wallet containing $160 in cash. Anyone with information should call the Claremont Police Department at (909) 399-5411.


Police are investigating a possible robbery at Vail Park at around 4:40 p.m. According to police, two teenagers claimed a man robbed them at gunpoint, taking their wallets and cell phones after offering to sell them marijuana. The robber is described only as an 18-year-old Caucasian male with brown hair. He reportedly got away in an older model white four-door sedan driven by a second suspect. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information should call the Claremont police at (909) 399-5411.


Sunday, March 26

A police pursuit began just before 10 p.m. when officers attempted to stop a Lexus ES-300 near the intersection of Green Street and Indian Hill Boulevard for a busted license plate light. The driver failed to yield, leading police on a chase west on Arrow Highway, north on Towne Avenue and east on Foothill, making a U-turn before stopping on the 200 block of east Foothill. A passenger, later identified as 36-year-old Joshua Edelman, ran from the car but was captured a short time later. Mr. Edelman had a no-bail warrant for his arrest. The driver, 35-year-old Melissa McNutt of Lake Forest, was arrested for the pursuit and driving with a suspended license.

—Matthew Bramlett


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