Police blotter: 7-28-17
Wednesday, June 19
Around $2,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from a home on the 600 block of Scripps Avenue. Between 8 a.m. on July 19 and 6:30 a.m. on July 20, the unknown burglar shattered a sliding glass door on the west side of the residence, taking a safe full of jewelry as well as an unknown amount of cash, Lt. Mike Ciszek of the Claremont Police Department said. The homeowner did not realize his house had been broken into until a day after the incident.
An Upland woman was arrested for possession of a crack pipe after police found her driving with a flat tire just after 2 a.m. According to witnesses, 59-year-old Beverly Davis was continually getting out of her car near the intersection of Foothill and Indian Hill Boulevards to check on the tire. When officers arrived and pulled her over, they found the front tire partially shredded. While Ms. Davis was reaching for her ID, officers noticed an open cigarette box containing the crack pipe. She was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Officers arrived to the Norm’s Restaurant parking lot just before 9 p.m. after witnesses saw 30-year-old Paul Gamst of Pomona and 37-year-old Brian Lettenmaier of Chino arguing in a car. Mr. Gamst told police that during the argument, Mr. Lettenmaier intentionally broke the center rear view mirror of his 2003 BMW. Mr. Lettenmaier was arrested for vandalism. Mr. Gamst himself was also reportedly displaying symptoms of alcohol intoxication, and he was arrested for being drunk in public. Both men were transported to CPD jail.
Thursday, July 20
Christopher Guerrero, 20, of La Puente reportedly swiped several CDs, totaling about $178.35, from Rhino Records. An employee called out to him to stop, and Mr. Guerrero fled of foot down Yale Avenue. An officer located him on the Metrolink platform, and after repeated calls for him to stop, Mr. Guerrero tried to flee westbound before officers eventually detained him. He was arrested for shoplifting and resisting arrest.
A Chino man was arrested after leading CHP and Claremont officers through multiple communities. Around 3:45 p.m. Highway Patrol dispatch received word that a carjacking suspect, identified as 29-year-old Armel Jackson, was fleeing police in a Blue BMW and was last seen near the intersection of Base Line and Live Oak Canyon Roads. The pursuit moved in to La Verne, where Mr. Jackson bailed near the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Williams Avenue. He tried to flee on foot, but was tackled by officers. He tried to resist by kicking at officers and pushing them as he was being tackled, but he was taken into custody.
Friday, July 21
A laptop and an Xbox One were burglarized from a home on the 600 block of south Indian Hill Boulevard. Between July 21 at 10 a.m. and July 22 at 7:57 p.m., the burglar entered the home through a sliding glass door on the south side of the residence and took the two electronics, valued at $400 each. There is no suspect description.
Sunday, July 23
Two teenagers, one of them a minor, were arrested after leading police on a short pursuit in a BMW. Around 8:18 p.m., officers were near Memorial Park when they noticed two cars zooming down Indian Hill Boulevard at unsafe speeds, Lt. Ciszek said. One of the cars pulled over for police, but the second driver continued on, making several turns and eventually turning off the car’s headlights before coming to a stop in the Vortox parking lot. The driver, 19-year-old Andrew Zamora of Rancho Cucamonga, was arrested for the pursuit and transported to CPD jail, where he was released with a citation to appear in court. A passenger, a 16-year-old boy also from Rancho Cucamonga, was arrested and released to a parent.
Monday, July 24
Claremont police officers arrived to the Claremont Graduate University campus just after 1 a.m. after a “suspicious subject,” later identified as 35-year-old Gilbert Lopez of Pomona, fled from Campus Safety after being approached. Police chased after Mr. Lopez, who was on his bike, throughout the campus until one officer tackled him, Lt. Ciszek said. The officer suffered a sprained ankle in the process. Mr. Lopez then tried to pull out a 12-inch metal crescent wrench, but was safely detained by police, Lt. Ciszek said. He was found to be in possession of burglary tools, drug paraphernalia and also had a warrant out for his arrest. He was arrested and transported to CPD jail.
While on extra patrol for narcotics and prostitution around 4 p.m. near the Motel 6 on South Indian Hill Boulevard, police found a gold Ford Expedition parked in front of a room with its occupants “acting suspiciously.” The driver, 51-year-old Andre Shea, was found to have two warrants out for his arrest. A passenger in the front seat, 36-year-old Candace Green of Pomona, would not get out of the car when asked and was found to be in possession of meth and a meth pipe. A third passenger, 31-year-old Laura Smith of Pomona, was also in possession of meth, a pipe and a warrant for her arrest. Police then went into the room and found two additional occupants, 43-year-old Charles Johnson of Pomona and 26-year-old Vanessa Perez of Pomona, in possession of meth and a pipe. All five were arrested and transported to CPD jail.