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Police blotter 2-23-18

Monday, February 12

A bicycle was stolen from an open garage on the 2900 block of Rhodelia Drive. Between 10 p.m. on February 12 to 7:40 a.m. on February 13, the unknown suspect entered the garage and took the bike, the value of which is currently unknown, Lt. Jason Walters of the Claremont Police Department said. Anyone with information should call the CPD at (909) 399-5411.

Wednesday, February 14

A Highland man has been arrested for robbing a man of his gold necklace at AM/PM on February 10. Claremont police arrested 21-year-old Jayon Moore without incident on Wednesday, Lt. Walters said. He is accused of walking up to the victim at the gas station, snatching the victim’s gold chain and leaving the scene. He was arrested just before 8 a.m. and booked at the CPD jail.

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A local transient was arrested on a warrant after police arrived at the Chevron gas station at 699 E. Foothill Blvd. on a fight in progress call. Several employees called police about the fight around 4:55 p.m., and when officers arrived to the scene, neither 36-year-old Michael Mills nor the second combatant wanted to prosecute the other. But a check on Mr. Mills found a warrant for his arrest out of San Bernardino County, and he was taken into custody.

Thursday, February 15

Three people were arrested after police found drugs, pipes and an identity theft operation during a traffic stop. Around 1 a.m., police pulled over a car driven by 38-year-old Keith Maloy of Pomona in the area of Indian Hill and Cobblestone Lane. Mr. Maloy was driving without a license and in possession of drug paraphernalia and numerous ID cards, credit cards and mail, Lt. Walters said. A passenger, 27-year-old Desiree Baumann of Pomona, was allegedly in possession of methamphetamine and a meth pipe. A K-9 unit also found heroin and a drug pipe in a jacket belonging to a third passenger, 25-year-old Diego Cartagena of Las Vegas, Nevada. All three were arrested and transported to CPD jail.

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Two people were arrested after patio furniture was stolen from a business on the 100 block of West San Jose Avenue. The theft occurred between 6 p.m. on February 14 and 9:55 a.m. on February 15, and surveillance footage reportedly caught the duo in the act, Lt. Walters said. The two thieves, 27-year-old Stephanie Campos-Ortega and 35-year-old Victor Bojorquez, were later seen walking two dogs down San Jose Avenue around 2 p.m. by the victim, who then called police. Ms. Campos-Ortega and Mr. Bojorquez were arrested, and the property was returned.

Friday, February 16

Claremont police are looking into an attempted burglary at Jax Bicycle Shop. Around 4:09 a.m., police responded to the bike shop at 217 W. First St. for a burglary alarm. According to police, someone had smashed the glass to the east door and activated the alarm, but did not make entry and fled before officers arrived a minute later. Surveillance footage shows the suspect using a metal pipe to smash the glass, fleeing south across First Street and out of view. He is around five feet, nine inches tall and 160 pounds wearing a dark-colored jacket and light-colored sweatpants. Anyone with information should call the Claremont Police Department.

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A Pomona man was arrested after calling police about an apparent bombing in Claremont that never happened. Michael Perry, 44, called CPD just before 1 p.m. claiming that God told him a bomb went off in Claremont, according to police logs. The information was deemed not credible, and police found a meth pipe in Mr. Perry’s possession, Lt. Walters said. He was arrested and transported to jail.

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Claremont police uncovered an apparent spare tire-stealing operation going on at the Colleges. Around 6 p.m., police arrested 28-year-old Antonio Soria of Pomona and 26-year-old transient Samuel Bobo on suspicion of stealing a spare tire from a Jeep around Ninth Street and Mills Avenue. During a subsequent investigation, police found three additional spare tires that had allegedly been swiped by the duo, all from the Claremont Colleges. Mr. Soria and Mr. Bobo were arrested.

Saturday, February 17

A tool shed at a construction site on the 100 block of Bucknell Avenue was broken into over the weekend. Between Saturday, February 17 at 5 p.m. and Monday, February 19 at 7 a.m., an unidentified thief broke into the locked shed, making off with tools and other supplies. Lt. Walters could not confirm a specific dollar amount, but the logs stated at least $5,000 worth of tools was stolen.

Monday, February 19

Police are looking for a man who was caught masturbating in his car near the intersection of Indian Hill Boulevard and Eighth Street. A woman walking by the dark four-door sedan caught the man pleasuring himself just before 10 a.m., Lt. Walters said. He drove north on Indian Hill. He is described as a Hispanic man, around 45 years old, about five feet, nine inches tall and 200 pounds with black hair. Anyone with information should call the Claremont Police Department.

Tuesday, February 20

A man was beaten with a beer bottle and robbed of his cell phone after taking a woman to a motel room at the Claremont Lodge. The circumstances of why the victim took the woman to the Lodge were unclear, Lt. Walters said. Around 3 a.m., the woman exited the room, leaving the door unlocked. A man then barged in, beat the victim with the beer bottle and demanded his phone. The woman and the assailant then left together in a dark SUV. The victim suffered lacerations to his face, lip and head, Lt. Walters said. Not much is known about the two suspects, only that the woman is Hispanic. The lost iPhone was valued at $500.

—Matthew Bramlett

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