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Police Blotter 9-29-17

Tuesday, September 19

Police are looking for a woman who used two fake $100 bills at Norm’s. The woman used the phony bills to pay for $70 worth of food and $30 worth of gift cards around 7:39 a.m., according to Lt. Mike Ciszek of the Claremont Police Department. The thief was described as a Caucasian woman in her 40s with blonde hair, and may be a suspect in a previous fake bill exchange at the same restaurant. The investigation is ongoing.

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Darryl Jackson, 55, entered Stater Bros at the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Towne Avenue around 2:38 p.m. and reportedly tried to take several bottles of alcohol in a black backpack, including a $26 bottle of Absolut vodka, a $40 bottle of Jack Daniels, a $38 bottle of Johnny Walker Red and a $38 bottle of Seagrams Seven whiskey. After a short foot pursuit in the parking lot, Mr. Jackson of Rancho Cucamonga was arrested for shoplifting. While he was being booked at the jail, police found rock cocaine in his sock, adding a charge of bringing narcotics into a jail.

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Police were called after a witness observed 37-year-old Jose Guzman of Pomona going in and out of dorm buildings at Harvey Mudd College, Lt. Ciszek said. When police contacted Mr. Guzman at the intersection of Bonita Avenue and Indian Hill Boulevard, he was riding a 21-speed bicycle that was determined to be stolen. Officers also found a hypodermic needle, and he was arrested for theft and drug charges. There was no evidence of anything stolen from the Harvey Mud College dorms, Lt. Ciszek said.

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Police want to know who stole construction equipment from a work site at Dartmouth and Foothill. The theft occurred between 3 p.m. and 3:15 p.m., when workers from the Claremont Colleges left the tools alone while moving to another part of the site. When they came back, the tools were gone. It is unknown what tools were stolen or their value. Anyone with information should call the Claremont Police Department.

Wednesday, September 20

Arnold Cuevas, 27, of Rialto was driving his Ford F-150 when he drove into the yard of a home on the 300 block of Armstrong Drive around 12:42 a.m. and tried to flee the scene, Lt. Ciszek said. He was pulled over a short time later on Villa Maria Road, and during a field sobriety test, police determined Mr. Cuevas was too drunk to drive. He was arrested for DUI and hit and run and transported to CPD jail.

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A misunderstanding led to a Fontana man getting arrested for driving a stolen vehicle. Officers picked up on a Honda Odyssey around 8:37 a.m. that was reported stolen out of Fontana on September 15, Lt. Ciszek said. The 34-year-old driver was arrested at the scene on the 800 block of Foothill Boulevard. During the investigation, it was revealed the Honda belonged to the man’s girlfriend. The two reportedly had an argument, he took the car and she reported it stolen. Since then, the couple had reconciled, but the girlfriend neglected to contact the Fontana Police Department to call off the stolen car report. She declined to press charges.

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A $1,500 laptop was taken from an unlocked car that was sitting in an open garage. The theft took place at 8 p.m. on the 600 block of Huron Drive, according to Lt. Ciszek. In addition to the Hewlett-Packard laptop, the thief also took a $175 laptop bag. There is no suspect information.

Thursday, September 21

A local transient was arrested after he threatened and bumped a woman in front of I Like Pie. Daniel Carleton, 28, was walking south on the sidewalk on the 100 block of Indian Hill Boulevard “yelling and acting bizarre” when he saw a religious pendant worn by a 70-year-old woman, Lt. Ciszek said. He began yelling at her, and the woman reportedly said, “You need to be quiet,” then walked away. Mr. Carleton followed, and allegedly chest-bumped her back and threatened to hit her. Several passersby held Mr. Carleton down on the ground until police arrived and arrested him for battery.

Friday, September 22

A Claremont High School student most likely regrets leaving a school-issued MacBook alone on a Cahuilla Park table. The 17-year-old girl went to class around 8 a.m., and when she realized she left the laptop behind, ran back to the park and realized it had been stolen, Lt. Ciszek said. There is no suspect information, and police are investigating.

Saturday, September 23

Police arrested an Ontario man after he trespassed on private property and resisted arrest. Russell Vanderbeck, 53, was seen on a private property on Padua and Miramar Avenues around 5:30 p.m. When officers arrived, Mr. Vanderbeck fled on foot through an open area adjacent to the property, holding a large wooden stick and shouting obscenities at officers. Officers tried to arrest Mr. Vanderbeck, but he physically resisted by tensing up and he was taken to the ground. He suffered a small cut to his forehead, but was medically cleared and arrested. According to police, Mr. Vanderbeck has been arrested several times in the past for resisting arrest and trespassing.

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A Mira Loma man was arrested for DUI after rear-ending another car and trying to leave the scene. Zachary Nutter, 29, was driving his Ford Excursion in front of The Press around 11:50 p.m. when he hit a black Subaru Impreza and left the scene, according to Lt. Ciszek. He was later found traveling westbound on First Street approaching Oberlin Avenue. He was stopped, and police determined he was too drunk to be driving. He was arrested and transported to CPD jail.

—Matthew Bramlett

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