Police blotter 5-11-18

Monday, April 30

Around 10:40 p.m., Jose Gonzalez, 39, from Montclair, stole a bike from a rack on the 600 block of Amherst Avenue, loaded it into a truck and drove away. A witness saw the entire thing and provided a description of the truck and Mr. Gonzalez to police, Lt. Jason Walters said. Claremont officers traced the truck to a home in Montclair, where Mr. Gonzalez admitted to stealing the bike. He was arrested for theft and possession of stolen property.

Tuesday, May 1

A Claremont resident was not so lucky, after a Mongoose BMX bike was stolen from his apartment’s front porch early Tuesday morning. The theft reportedly happened between 4:45 a.m. and 5:13 a.m. at the apartment on the 800 block of West Bonita Avenue. A barking dog woke up the victim, but the thief had gotten away with the bike and miscellaneous hand tools. An investigating is ongoing.


Henry Contreras, 32, of Pomona, was causing a disturbance at the McDonalds/Chevron around 11:22 a.m., and after a female employee told him to scram, he allegedly shoved her from behind as he was leaving, Lt. Walters said. The employee was not injured, and Mr. Contreras was arrested for battery and trespassing.

Wednesday, May 2

Police are investigating three car-related crimes on consecutive nights in the apartments on the 500 block of north Towne Avenue. On the night of May 2, a thief stole laundry detergent and groceries from the open window of a car. The next night, between May 2 and May 3, a thief got away with the registration and insurance card from another unlocked car. The following night, on May 4 between 2:30 and 7:30 a.m., a thief entered a victim’s car and tried to tamper with the ignition column before giving up and fleeing, Lt. Walters said. Police are looking into whether the crimes are related.


Officers were called to the Motel 6  on South Indian Hill around 8:10 p.m. regarding a domestic argument in one of the rooms. The suspect, who was identified only as a man in his 30s per an ongoing investigation, fled before police arrived and is still at large. The victim was not taken to a hospital. Anyone with information should call the Claremont Police Department at (909) 399-5411.

Thursday, May 3

Burglars entered a home on the 700 block of Valparaiso through a second floor balcony door sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Lt. Walters said, and ransacked multiple rooms. The burglars got away with an unknown amount of cash, a backpack, a few watches and passports before fleeing undetected.

Friday, May 4

Around 3:42 p.m., a thief, described as a Caucasian man in his 20s wearing a pink shirt and white shorts, entered the Sprint Store on Auto Center Drive and took a $720 phone before fleeing east toward the Greyhound station, Lt. Walters said.


Between 6:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., a thief took keys, a driver’s license and a license plate from a car at Claremont High School. The Toyota Corolla, which belonged to a student, was unlocked at the time, Lt. Walters said. There is no suspect information available.


Calls came in around 9:15 p.m. regarding a man carrying a box of kittens at Motel 6 who had “collapsed near the tennis courts.” Apparently, he was charging at people and walking around the parking lot looking for an escaped kitten, according to police logs. The man, 56-year-old John Parra of La Verne, was too drunk to remain in public and had a warrant for his arrest from San Bernardino County. He was arrested and transported to CPD jail.


Around 9:45 p.m., Josiah Lynch, 24, of Upland, hit a median and light pole with his car at the corner of College Avenue and First Street and tried to flee, stopping a short distance away in the Metrolink parking lot. Police found he had a warrant for his arrest for a previous hit and run. Mr. Lynch was arrested for DUI, hit and run, the warrant and was held for court.

Saturday, May 5

Police arrested 21-year-old Cody Circle for grand theft auto after catching him behind the wheel of a stolen 1998 Chevy S-10. Mr. Circle was arrested just before 4 a.m. near Foothill Boulevard and Towne Avenue, and was found to be on probation for a previous auto theft. He was held for court. A passenger in the truck was not arrested.

Sunday, May 6

Police pulled over the driver of a stolen Toyota Yaris near the westbound 10 freeway on-ramp around 11:30 a.m., Lt. Walters said. David Morrison, 32, was on probation for weapons charges. He also had a meth pipe as well as a suspended license. He was arrested and held for court.

Monday, May 7

Around 7:15 a.m., a woman was walking along the sidewalk near Foothill and Dartmouth when 32-year-old David Gutierrez of La Verne drove up and asked her for directions. When the victim approached the car, she saw he was masturbating. He drove off, but the woman provided a detailed description of his car to police. He was arrested a short time later in La Verne near White and Arrow. He also had four warrants out for his arrest.

—Matthew Bramlett


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