Police blotter 10-13-17

Wednesday, October 4

Two San Dimas men were arrested, one for DUI, during a traffic stop. Officers noticed a car driven by 27-year-old David Silva drifting in lanes on Foothill Boulevard after it failed to stop at a stop sign on Lynoak Drive. When police pulled the car over around 2:26 a.m., they found Mr. Silva was too drunk to drive, according to Lt. Mike Ciszek from the Claremont Police Department. A passenger, 24-year-old James Mendenhall, was also arrested for public intoxication after he repeatedly tried to get out of the car during the traffic stop and had no means of getting home. The men told police they were leaving the Hi-Brow.


Yet another car was burglarized at the Evey Canyon turnout on Mt. Baldy Road. Around 11 a.m., an unknown thief smashed the front passenger window of a parked Volkswagen Jetta, taking a black backpack that contained the victim’s wallet and sunglasses. The overall value of the goods was around $205. There is no suspect information.


A Fullerton woman was arrested after DoubleTree Hotel staff discovered an identity theft operation. Jessica Ornelas, 35, was initially arrested at the hotel on October 3 for possession of a meth pipe. Hotel staff found out she rented the room using a declined credit card, and located identity theft paperwork in the room. The next day, hotel staff arranged with Ms. Ornelas to pick up her stuff from the room. Police were waiting, and Ms. Ornelas was arrested again after police found her with a black folder containing several victims’ names and social security numbers taken from a now-closed hospital. She was taken to CPD jail.

Thursday, October 5

An Ontario man was arrested for DUI after police found him slumped over in his BMW. Police found Cesar Ciriaco, 35, in his car near the intersection of Lehigh Drive and San Jose Avenue around 1:37 a.m. The black Bimmer had its lights and engine on and was sitting halfway on the bike lane and the right shoulder. Officers allegedly found a tall can of Coors Light in between his legs.


Police want to know who fired three shots into a car at an apartment complex on the 900 block of west Arrow Highway. Police were dispatched to a call of shots fired around 10:15 p.m., where a security guard told police he heard shots coming from the east side of the location. Officers noticed three bullet holes in a red 2003 Chevy Malibu. The owner told police he didn’t know who did this to his car, and that he had no known enemies.

Friday, October 6

Police arrested a San Dimas man on drug charges after he fled from police. Officers happened upon 27-year-old Steven Casebolt slumped over while still standing on Towne Avenue just south of Foothill Boulevard. When a second officer arrived to assist, Mr. Casebolt ran from the scene, and police pursued him and eventually placed him under arrest. He was found to be in possession of meth, and was on probation for possession of meth with intent to sell. Mr. Casebolt was arrested on drug and resisting arrest charges and transported to jail. 

Saturday, October 7

A Louis Vuitton purse and wallet were stolen from a Cadillac Escalade in Padua Park. Around 10 a.m., an unknown thief smashed the rear passenger window, taking the $1,700 purse and $200 wallet before fleeing undetected.

In a grand coincidence, another car was burglarized in the parking lot at the same time. The burglar reportedly smashed the back window to the GMC SUV, getting away with another $1,700 Louis Vuitton purse. There is no suspect information.

Monday, October 9

Police are investigating after Mr. You’s Express Chinese Restaurant was burglarized Monday morning. Around 3:23 a.m., four suspects wearing hoodies over their heads smashed the front window and took $100 from the cash register and three soda bottles, Lt. Ciszek said. The suspects fled undetected, police said in a release.


Two men were arrested after police found a stolen checkbook and burglary tools on them. When police were called to the area of Base Line and Silver Tree Roads regarding a suspicious subject around 7:30 a.m., they found 44-year-old Kevin LaChapelle of West Covina and 34-year-old Joseph Beatty of Chino. Mr. LaChapelle had a warrant out for his arrest, and was reportedly in possession of a stolen checkbook, with one check made out to Mr. Beatty. Mr. Beatty was allegedly in possession of four shaved keys used to steal cars.

—Matthew Bramlett



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