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Police blotter 6-23-17

Wednesday, June 14

Around 1:20 p.m., a man, described as bald with “light skin” wearing an orange and white striped shirt and blue jeans, entered Hendrick’s Pharmacy and snatched several California Lottery scratchers, Lt. Mike Ciszek of the Claremont Police Department said. It is unknown how much the scratchers were worth, but statistics tell us he might not have gotten much.

Thursday, June 15

A bicycle and hand tools were stolen from a home on the 400 block of south Indian Hill Boulevard. Between 10 p.m. on June 14 to 7:30 a.m. on June 15, an unknown suspect stole a black 721 retro Leader bicycle valued at $750 and a set of Hitachi hand tools worth $350, Lt. Ciszek said. There was no sign of forced entry to the garage.

Friday, June 16

On Friday, June 16 police are looking for a group of people who reportedly robbed a teenager during a massive fight that broke out during a party. Police were called to a home on the 300 block of south Mountain Avenue around 11:25 p.m. on a report of a brawl, and when they arrived they found “a large fight in progress” in the middle of the street, Lt. Ciszek said. The fighters scattered when police arrived, and they were not found. A 17-year-old boy told police he was beaten up and robbed by several of the assailants, who were described as African-American men of unknown age. The boy suffered lacerations to his face and right wrist, and was treated at the scene. An investigation is ongoing.

Saturday, June 17

Sometime between 1:30 and 1:40 a.m., a woman was watching a fight between two other bar patrons at Walter’s Restaurant to see if any of her friends were involved when a thief pilfered her $250 Michael Kors wallet from the left back pocket of her shorts. She did not know her wallet was gone until she began to leave the bar. Inside the wallet was $60 in cash, a $450 Disneyland annual pass and a $250 gold metal ring.

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About $250 in cash was taken from a home on the 100 block of Limestone Road. Between 9:30 a.m. on June 15 and 11:45 a.m. on June 17, the unknown burglar smashed the rear sliding glass door of the home and ransacked it, making off with the money and fleeing undetected, Lt. Ciszek said. There is no suspect information at this time.

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A small brush fire sparked up near the La Casita Girl Scout camp. The half-acre blaze was first reported at 8:24 p.m. near the camp on the 100 block of Pomello Drive, according to Inspector Joey Marron of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. About 25 firefighters were on the scene, and the fire was completely put out within two hours. No structures were damaged, and the cause of the fire was unknown. 

Sunday, June 18

A Pomona man was arrested after police discovered the car he was working on was stolen. Police responded to the 400 block of Auto Center Drive around 10:30 p.m. regarding a suspicious vehicle, and found 22-year-old Chance Konz working on the engine of a 1987 Chevy S-10. The truck didn’t have any plates, Lt. Ciszek said. Mr. Konz told officers the car belonged to him, but a check of the car’s VIN revealed it was stolen that day out of San Bernardino County. Mr. Konz was arrested for grand theft auto and possession of stolen property.

Monday, June 19

Taggers scrawled a swastika, along with other statements, on a stone sculpture outside the Claremont Museum of Art. The tags were discovered around 8 a.m., Lt. Ciszek said. In addition to the swastika, the phrases “now it’s your turn to live or die,” “pussy” and “hell no” were written on the sculpture, which is located on the northeast end of the train platform. Police are investigating the vandalism as a hate crime.

—Matthew Bramlett

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