Police Blotter 5-04-18

Wednesday, April 25

A Los Angeles man and a 15-year-old boy were arrested in connection with a residential burglary in Claremont that occurred in January. On April 18, Claremont detectives and the San Gabriel Valley task force served a search warrant at a home on the 1700 block of 42nd Street in Los Angeles, according to Lt. Jason Walters of the Claremont Police Department. There, they found items that were stolen from homes in Pomona, Riverside and Claremont. The two suspects, 26-year-old Francisco Cervantes and a 15-year-old boy, are already in custody on unrelated charges. The boy was allegedly in possession of a stolen gun when he was arrested, and Mr. Cervantes was driving a stolen car. The Claremont case has been sent to the district attorney’s office for consideration.


A Pomona man was arrested for possession of paraphernalia after he was observed digging through trash cans near the intersection of Berkeley and Bonita Avenues. When officers contacted 32-year-old Avery Chisolm around 11:20 a.m., they found he also had a meth pipe on him and a warrant out of Los Angeles.


Police are looking for whoever stole a speaker from an unlocked car in the driveway of a home on the 2400 block of Ohio. The theft took place between midnight and 12:30 p.m. The value of the speaker was around $40.


Phillip Rico, 41, from Victorville, was arrested after police found methamphetamine on him in the parking lot of the Claremont Lodge around 2:30 p.m., Lt. Walters said. He was arrested, brought to CPD jail for booking and was released with a citation to appear in court.


Thursday, April 26

Police are looking for a man who swiped a speaker from the Sprint Store. The theft occurred between 2:45 p.m. and 3 p.m., when the suspect entered the store, took the $350 speaker and fled northwest through the Auto Center Drive parking lot. He was described as African-American in his 30s, six feet, three inches tall and weighing 230 pounds.


Friday, April 27

Police arrested a Pomona man after finding drugs in his car. Officers were called to the 400 block of Yale Avenue around 7:50 a.m. after 30-year-old Octavio Velasquez was seen sleeping in his car with the engine running. During an investigation, police found cocaine in Mr. Velasquez’s front shirt pocket and a meth pipe in his lap. Police also found meth, marijuana and a scale when they searched the car. He was arrested on suspicion of transportation of drugs with intent to sell.


A Long Beach man was arrested in connection with a Claremont burglary that occurred in 2017. Dequon Washington, 22, was arrested after San Bernardino County Sheriffs found jewelry belonging to the Claremont victim while Mr. Washington was being investigated for a separate incident in their county, Lt. Walters said. The Claremont burglary occurred on the 2700 block of Mountain Avenue in December.


Police are investigating after a baggy of meth was found in a car that had just been serviced at a Claremont dealership. The car’s owner arrived at the police station around 10 a.m. and told them about the meth, which he found in the center console after he picked the car up from John Elway Chrysler Jeep Dodge. The drugs were turned into the station, where they were destroyed.


Someone, who can only be described as heartless, stole a dog from the backyard of a home on the 2600 block of Monticello. Around 9 a.m., the male suspect drove up to the home in a dark-colored Dodge Caravan, walked up to the side gate and took a red Chihuahua named Hurley. There was no further information on the theft. Anyone with information should call the Claremont Police Department at (909) 399-5411.


Robb Biewener, 61, from Claremont, was arrested for making criminal threats after posting a note at his neighbor’s house. The note, the contents of which were not released by police, was deemed threatening enough for the neighbor to call police. The criteria were met for a criminal threat, and Mr. Biewener was arrested. No further information was available, but Lt. Walters said the neighbor and Mr. Biewener have had problems in the past.


Sunday, April 29

A San Jacinto man was arrested after he was seen hitting the hood of a car in the Piano Piano parking lot. When police arrived, they found 32-year-old Rommel Sequeira had a warrant out for his arrest. He was arrested, brought to CPD jail and booked. 


Monday, April 30

An attempted robbery at Denny’s was thwarted after employees called the robber’s bluff. The robber entered the restaurant at 820 S. Indian Hill Boulevard around 1:30 a.m., passed a note to the server and flashed a gun in his waistband. Both the employee and the manager believed the “gun” was fake and called the robber out on it, at which point the robber fled the scene. Nothing was taken from the restaurant. The would-be robber is described as an African-American man, six feet tall and weighing 160 pounds.

—Matthew Bramlett



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