Police blotter 6-1-18

Wednesday, May 23

An incident of grand theft that occurred on May 14 at the Claremont Colleges was reported to Claremont police. The victim left his bag unattended at Ninth Street and Mills Avenue near the Keck Science Center and it was stolen. Items missing include a speaker, clothes, car keys and a wood box totaling more than $950, according to Lt. Jason Walters.


A 2000 silver Honda Civic was taken from the parking lot at El Roble Intermediate School. The full police report was not yet complete, so no further information is available.


A man in a grey four-door Toyota Prius was parked on the 500 block of 11th Street around 5:30 p.m., when he got out of his car and picked up a package from a front porch. He drove west on 11th Street.


A resident on the 1900 block of North Mountain Avenue called police to report that sometime during the night, a small bush was pulled from the front yard and tossed in the driveway.

Thursday, May 24

Police received a call regarding a man—later identified as 29-year-old Jeremiah Booth—who was setting up a tent in El Barrio Park at 400 Claremont Blvd. Mr. Booth was arrested for two warrants, according to police logs.


At 11:52 a.m., a group of kids from El Roble reported to administrators that a man was taking pictures of them through the gate on the south side of the yard along Harrison Avenue. He is described as an Asian male, wearing a jean jacket, black pants, a grey shirt and glasses. He left in a four-door black sedan heading east on Harrison Avenue.


Paul Banic, a 53-year-old Fontana resident, was arrested for residential burglary, possession of stolen property and identity theft. Sometime during the early morning hours on Wednesday, May 23, the suspect—later identified as Mr. Banic—entered a residence on the 4100 block of Oak Hollow Rd. through an unlocked door while the resident was asleep. The suspect stole the victim’s purse, a wallet and other personal items. The Claremont Police Detective Bureau and patrol officers identified Mr. Banic and found he was also wanted in connection to a theft on March 26. The suspect’s vehicle—a 1997 white Jaguar—was identified, and the information was passed on to patrol officers, who located it at around 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 24. During a search of the car, officers found stolen property taken from the Oak Hollow Road burglary, as well as stolen property related to burglaries in Chino Hills, Montclair and Pomona. Mr. Banic was held on $50,000 bail. His arraignment was Tuesday, May 29.

Friday, May 25

A resident on the 1000 block of Oxford Avenue reported a purse was stolen from a vehicle parked in the driveway.


Claremont Colleges campus safety were patrolling on Sixth Street near Clark Hall just after 11 p.m. when a man wearing dark clothing was seen trying to open doors. Claremont police responded and arrested and held Tony Ball for no-bail warrants out of the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Office.

Saturday, May 26

Police received a call about “suspicious male youths,” who were hanging out with bikes and skateboards on College Avenue and Oak Park Drive. The teens were cleared of wrongdoing, according to police logs.


At 7:25 p.m., according to Lt. Walters, the license plate cameras identified a rented Ford Explorer as stolen from Watsonville in Santa Cruz County. Claremont officers pulled over the driver, Alisha Jones from Sacramento. Ms. Jones, 34, found herself in a heap of trouble when officers searched the car to find altered credit cards, meth, heroin and drug paraphernalia among other items. Ms. Jones was arrested for grand theft auto, warrants, possession of a fake ID and was on probation for a previous charge of identity theft. Her passenger, Colleen Megee, 32, of Huntington Beach, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia. The ladies spent the long holiday weekend in Claremont jail waiting for their court dates.

—Kathryn Dunn



[Matthew Bramlett is on vacation. He will resume his duties next week.]


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