Police blotter: 1-5-18

Sunday, December 24

A vigilant neighbor near Grand Avenue and Miramar called police to report that two white males described as “about 50 years old with bad teeth” stole a large teddy bear from the front porch of a nearby home. According to the Claremont Police Department call log, police contacted the homeowner and learned the bear wasn’t actually stolen but was sold to the men who had arranged for a porch pick up.

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Police received a call about a “suspicious subject” standing 5 feet, 11 inches tall with dark hair carrying a large bag and walking near the 500 block of California Drive around 7 p.m. When officers arrived to investigate, they confirmed that Christmas gifts had been left on the front porch of a residence.

Tuesday, December 26

Campus safety at the Claremont Colleges entered a theft report on behalf of Pomona College student who lives at Clark Hall at 300 E. Eighth St. The theft had taken place November 4 or November 5. Stolen items include a Dell XP laptop, a Lenova ThinkPad and a wallet with $30 cash and a Visa card.

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Police were called to Evey Canyon at about 2 p.m. regarding a car break-in. Hikers returned to their black Toyota RAV to find that the left rear window had been smashed and a purse with credit cards and an ID had been stolen.

Wednesday, December 27

Police pulled over the driver of a grey Ford Fiesta at Bonita and Mountain Avenues around 2:35 p.m. for a violation. According to Lt. Jason Walters of the Claremont PD, the driver—later identified as Mario Martinez, 33, of Azusa—hopped out of the car. A records check revealed Mr. Martinez was driving on a suspended license and had four active warrants out for his arrest. He was cited for the suspended license and held in jail for the warrants.

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At about 9:35 p.m. a man walked into the police department stating he needed an officer because he couldn’t remember where he parked his 2005 grey Hyundai Accent. Police obliged and located the car on Bonita and Yale Avenues.

Thursday, December 28

A resident on the 100 block of Armstrong Avenue reported a hit-and-run to police after finding damage to a retaining wall and the home’s mailbox taken out. Police are looking for a 2000 to 2007 Ford Focus with damage to the driver’s side mirror, which was left behind.

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A dark green Trek bike valued at $600 was stolen from the front of Sprouts Market at around 7:50 p.m.

Saturday, December 30

At about 2:20 p.m., Claremont police received a call from a resident on College Avenue that a family of four with a dog were located at College Park, taking the “See Something, Say Something” program to new heights.

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At about 2:50 p.m. Campus Safety called the police requesting the arrest of Jonathan Cumbie, a 61-year-old transient, who had gone in to the bathroom at the Claremont Golf Course and refused to come out. On December 29, Mr. Cumbie and a friend had visited the golf course and were warned not to return, Lt. Walters said. Mr. Cumbie didn’t heed the warning and was arrested for trespassing.

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A grand theft auto report was forwarded to the Sheriff’s Department on behalf of Claremont Hyundai after employees determined a 2014 silver Hyundai was missing.

Sunday, December 31

A female walking near Towne Center at about 10:20 a.m. reported that two men grabbed her Louis Vitton purse as she walked on Arrow Highway. The thieves are described as male Hispanics in their 20s. One was five feet, 10 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds; the other was five foot, eight inches tall weighing 130 pounds. No further information was available.

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Claremonters kept police busy on New Year’s Eve. Events from the log include:

• Shots fired on Cedarview Drive were found to be fireworks.

• A call about a loud party on Deep Springs Drive.

• A “disturbing noise” complaint on Brescia Avenue, which police determined was loud music.

• A party on the 500 block of College Avenue resulted in a drunk and disorderly arrest after a female was found yelling while she stood among broken glass in the street. Further, a male and female were seen hitting each other in a car.

• A party on Boise Lane turned sour after 10 to 15 juveniles took their reveling outdoors for a brawl on the street.

• Another loud music call from the 1100 block of Alamosa Drive.

• A call from First Street and Yale Avenue came in about a strange man running up past Union on Yale to Walter’s Restaurant, where he was found at 2 a.m. He was advised to walk home.

• A husband walked home to Montclair after ringing in the new year at the Press Restaurant with his wife. He called police to say she hadn’t made it home yet. Police found his bride, who was still kicking up her heels at the Press, and she agreed to Uber home.

—Kathryn Dunn



[Editor’s note:?City reporter Matthew Bramlett is on a well-deserved, albeit, extended vacation. He’ll return to the blotter next week. —KD]

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