Police blotter 6-29-18

Wednesday, June 20

A teenage runaway who had been missing for more than a year was found in front of Western Dental, 740 S. Indian Hill Blvd. Police were called for a citizen assist call around 5 p.m., where they found the 17-year-old Wilmington girl, who had been in the missing person’s database since June 1, 2017, according to Lt. Jason Walters of the Claremont Police Department. The girl was returned to her mother, and was taken off the missing person’s list.

Thursday, June 21

Two brothers were arrested in the Motel 6 parking lot on drug charges. Police were on a routine patrol through the south Claremont motel when they came across an occupied car around 8 p.m. When officers checked the car, they found 35-year-old Michael Scovill of Upland was in possession of heroin, drug paraphernalia and had a warrant for his arrest. His brother, 36-year-old Matthew Scovill, was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance. He also initially gave a false name to police. Both Scovills were arrested and held for court.

Friday, June 22

A Santa Ana man has been accused of having sexual relations with a 17-year-old girl. According to police, 26-year-old Robert Galindo and the Claremont teen met and began exchanging messages on the Whisper app last year. Around November 2017, Mr. Galindo and the teen allegedly met up and had sexual intercourse. After an investigation, Mr. Galindo was charged with one misdemeanor count of unlawful sex with a minor. At a court appearance on June 25, he pleaded not guilty. His pre-trial hearing is set for July 17.


A Pomona woman was arrested after police found drugs on her at the Shell gas station at Indian Hill and San Jose. The officer made contact with 55-year-old Jamie Brown near the gas pumps around 10:50 p.m., and noticed she was allegedly in possession of a crack pipe as well as some crack cocaine, Lt. Walters said. Ms. Brown was arrested and transported to CPD jail, where she was later released with a citation to appear in court.

Saturday, June 23

A Pomona man was arrested after he was caught with a backpack full of drugs and tried to make a run for it. Around 12:40 a.m., police pulled over a car near the intersection of Foothill and Indian Hill boulevards. A strong odor of marijuana was emanating out from the car, and the office ordered all three occupants out of the car. One, 20-year-old Kevin Galabiz-Del Rio, reportedly tried to run away from police, and he was caught a short time later. In his backpack, police allegedly found psychedelic mushrooms, crack cocaine and Xanax. A 9mm handgun belonging to Mr. Galabiz-Del Rio was also found in the car. He was arrested for possession of drugs for sale, possession of a firearm with narcotics, and obstructing. The other two occupants were not arrested.

Sunday, June 24

An unknown burglar broke into a garage on the 300 block of Springfield Street. During the night of June 23 and into the morning hours of June 24, the burglar went through the unlocked garage and took an unknown number of empty suitcases before fleeing undetected. There is no dollar value currently available, and no suspect information. Anyone with information should call the Claremont Police Department at (909) 399-5411.

Monday, June 25

Police are investigating an incident where a check was stolen from the post office and deposited into someone else’s account. The check, made out for $1,725, was in a mailbox at the Claremont Post Office on June 8 around 6 p.m. Somehow, Lt. Walters said, someone took the check, altered the name and cashed it at an unknown Bank of America location. The incident was not reported to police until June 25. An investigation is ongoing.

—Matthew Bramlett



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