Police blotter 1-12-18

Tuesday, January 2

Allen Perez was arrested for the 39th time for public intoxication, and this time he was found in front of the Claremont Police Department. A witness contacted police around 6:30 p.m. and noted Mr. Perez, 44, from Pomona, looked visibly intoxicated, according to Lt. Jason Walters of the Claremont Police Department. Mr. Perez was brought into the station and was determined to be too drunk to remain in public. He spent time in jail to sober up and was released with a citation.

Wednesday, January 3

Three La Verne residents were arrested after getting caught in a stolen BMW. Police picked up on the 2016 luxury car around 4:30 p.m. after they found it was reported stolen out of Indio. The driver, 53-year-old Jerome DiGiovanna, was arrested for grand theft auto. Two passengers, 28-year-old Deanna Gabaldon and 28-year-old Steven O’Donnell, were arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and warrants.


Police are looking for two suspects who stole an iPhone in a transaction gone awry. The victim initially met with the two men on the 100 block of north Mountain Avenue just after 7 p.m. when she offered the iPhone 7 for sale online. As the two suspects inspected the phone, they took off, running southbound on Mountain Avenue out of sight. The victim called police, but the thieves were not found. They were both described as light-skinned African-American or Hispanic men, around 18-20 years old and ranging from five feet, seven inches to five feet, eight inches. Anyone with information should call the Claremont Police Department at (909) 399-5411.


Two people were arrested at Claremont Lodge after officers responded to a call of shots being heard. When officers arrived at the motel around 8:30 p.m., they noticed two men in a vehicle. One of the men, 27-year-old Travis Price of Pomona, was found to be in possession of an unknown narcotic for sale. The other man, 21-year-old Carlos Gutierrez of Pomona, was arrested for warrants. They were not responsible for the shots heard, which were later determined to be fireworks.


Two teenage boys were arrested for setting a Christmas tree on fire at a playground. Officers responded to the 500 block of west San Jose around 10:30 p.m. after witnesses reported flames coming from the playground, Lt. Walters said. A 15-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy were seen leaving the park, and were arrested for arson.

Thursday, January 4

A safe was stolen from a home on the 2100 block of San Benito Court. Around 3 p.m., two suspects shattered the rear patio door of the home and gained entry, ransacking the place and making off with the safe. A getaway driver was waiting, and the three thieves fled from the scene. The two thieves who broke into the home are described as Hispanic men—one is five feet, eight inches tall and 170 pounds with brown hair and the other is five feet, six inches tall and 150 pounds with brown hair. No further information was available.


An Upland man and two teenagers were arrested for prowling and running away from police at the Claremont Colleges. Campus Safety contacted 21-year-old Sean Taylor and two 16-year-old boys at Sixth Street and Brooks Avenue just before 9 p.m. When the trio saw the officers, they fled. Claremont police were called, and Mr. Taylor and the two teens were apprehended further south on Brooks and arrested.

Friday, January 5

A fur coat and jewelry worth around $10,000 were stolen from a unit at Extra Space Storage. Between December 31 and January 5, the unknown burglar removed the hinges and the door at the unit on the 500 block of Arrow Highway, took the goods and replaced the door and the hinges. There is no suspect information.

Sunday, January 7

Three 13-year-old boys were arrested after police caught them starting a fire in a trashcan at El Roble Intermediate School. The teens ran away after seeing the police around 3:50 p.m. They were eventually caught off campus and arrested for arson.

Monday, January 8

A Claremont woman was arrested for public intoxication at Chaparral Elementary. A Lyft driver called police around 3 p.m. after a passenger, 47-year-old Sharla Joseph, seemed intoxicated. Officers responded to the school and arrested Ms. Joseph on campus.

—Matthew Bramlett


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