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Police blotter 6-16-17

Tuesday, June 6

Anthony Turner, 29, was found fast asleep in a blue Acura TL just north of the intersection of Berkeley and Harrison Avenues around 6:20 a.m., according to Lt. Mike Ciszek of the Claremont Police Department. Mr. Turner initially told police he owned the car. When police asked him to explain why the rear driver’s side window was shattered, he said he had locked his keys in the car the night before. A check of the car’s VIN revealed the car was stolen out of Whittier on May 30, and Mr. Turner was arrested. He later admitted to stealing the car, according to Lt. Ciszek.

Wednesday, June 7

Claremont police responded to a burglary alarm at San Antonio High School around 3:30 a.m. and found 28-year-old Michael Wade by the basketball courts, Lt. Ciszek said. He admitted to police he was in possession of a meth pipe. He was arrested, transported to jail and released with a notice to appear in court.

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Another burglary occurred at the Extra Space Storage on Arrow Highway. Between 12:30 and 1:30 a.m., two men entered the property through an unlocked building and used a wrench to pry open three units, getting away with an unknown amount of goods. Not much information about the suspects was available, only that they are both described as six-foot-tall Hispanic men. Anyone with information should call Claremont police at (909) 399-5411.

Thursday, June 8

Officers spotted a car that had been reported stolen on the east side of the Motel 6 around 12:20 a.m. and noticed a man, identified later as 19-year-old Gabriel Trujillo, walking from the car and into a motel room. When officers went to the room, they found several people inside, including Mr. Trujillo and 48-year-old Andrew Galdames, who had a warrant out for his arrest. Mr. Trujillo was also in possession of a shaved key and burglary tools. Both men were arrested and transported to CPD jail.

Friday, June 9 

Someone shattered a window to Kindred Spirits on the 800 block of west Foothill Boulevard. Between 7:15 p.m. on June 8 and 9:15 a.m. on June 9, an unknown vandal smashed a one foot-by-seven foot window to the business, Lt. Ciszek said. Nothing was taken from the store, but it reportedly cost $350 to replace the window. Police are investigating. 

Saturday, June 10

Police are looking for a man who tricked a Chevron/McDonalds employee into giving him more than $130. Just before 11 a.m., the man walked into the convenience store and tried to pay for an item that cost less than $5 with a $100 bill. As the clerk was attempting to make change, the man then said he had a $5 bill on him, prompting the clerk to place the change from the $100 bill on the counter, Lt. Ciszek said. As the clerk made change for the $5, the man took the rest of the change from the counter and left. In all, $134.23 was taken. He is described as an African-American man in his 40s, five feet, nine inches tall and 175 pounds with a shaved head, a dark-colored jacket and a blue shirt. Anyone with information should call Claremont police.

Monday, June 12

A vigilant neighbor scared away two would-be burglars on the 1800 block of Shenandoah Drive. Around 12:30 p.m., the neighbor heard a loud banging sound coming from the house and observed a white Mazda CX5 parked on the east side of the house. The neighbor confronted the two men outside of the home, prompting them to run. They got into the Mazda and drove north on Shenandoah. Investigators found that the handle of the back door to the home had been broken off and the door had been splintered above the lock. The suspects are described as Hispanic men, one is further described as about 18 years old with short brown hair, a thin moustache and long basketball shorts. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Claremont Police Department.

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An Eastvale man was accused of using falsified doctor’s notes with the same prescription number to obtain Xanax and Acetaminophen several times throughout the year at Hendrick’s Pharmacy, according to Lt. Ciszek. When Hendrick’s staff became aware of the forgery, they called the Claremont Police Department to make a report. As police were taking the report at the pharmacy around 6 p.m., David Hong, 31, reportedly walked in to get another phony prescription filled. A records check revealed that Mr. Hong was previously on probation in Riverside County for the same crime. He was arrested on suspicion of prescription forgery.

Tuesday, June 13

Around $5,000 worth of jewelry was taken from a home on the 1900 block of Academy Court. Between 10:30 a.m. and 1:07 p.m., an unidentified burglar removed a screen to an open window in a bathroom, ransacking multiple rooms before leaving with the jewelry. There is no suspect information.

—Matthew Bramlett

news@claremont-courier.com

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