Police blotter 10-19-18

Thursday, October 11

At 1 a.m., a Claremont police officer was patrolling the Vons Shopping Center when he saw a male in a hooded sweatshirt near the front of Baskin-Robbins, located at 602 E. Base Line Rd. When the officer drove over to contact the man, he discovered a second male crouched down near the front door of the business, who was also wearing a hooded sweatshirt and gloves.

One suspect immediately ran away and the officer gave chase. He was apprehended near Base Line Road and Claremont Heights Drive.

The second suspect fled southbound though the Vons Center and was not located. Officers canvassed the area and located a parked vehicle that was occupied by a third person on Claremont Heights Drive, north of Base Line.

The investigation revealed that the vehicle and third person were involved in the crime. After an investigation, officers later identified the suspect who had fled but was not initially located.

The Claremont Detective Bureau responded to a residence in the 1800 block of West Coast Boulevard in Rialto and arrested the third suspect.

Claremont officers arrested Javier Cornelia, 34, of Lynwood for attempted burglary, possession of burglary tools, resisting arrest and conspiracy; Valerie Karnes, 33, of Rialto for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and conspiracy; and Nathan Vigil, 21, of Rialto for attempted burglary and conspiracy.

The suspects were held at the Claremont Police Department jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. Their scheduled arraignment date was set for October 15 at the Pomona Superior Court.

Anyone with additional information regarding this case should contact the Claremont Police Department at (909)399-5411.


Saturday, October 13

A passerby called the Claremont Police Department at around 6:45 a.m. to report a shattered glass door at Coin-op Laundry in the 1000 block of west Foothill Boulevard. Officers arrived and found that burglars did extensive damage to the business in an attempt to steal coins from the machines. The suspects were unsuccessful and fled the scene. The first  suspect is described as a male, possibly white or Hispanic, five feet, nine inches tall, weighing 155 pounds with, dark hair. He was wearing a grey hat with a California Bear logo, and he had a bandanna covering his face at the time of the burglary. A second suspect is described as a white or Hispanic female, standing five feet, six inches tall with thin dark hair, wearing a jacket, jeans and black sandals. There was no property loss to the business. The crime occurred at approximately 3 a.m. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Claremont Police Department at (909) 399-5411.


Monday, October 15

At about 12:30 p.m., a suspect entered a business in the Claremont Village and used a counterfeit $100 bill to make a purchase. Claremont police later located the suspect—Ronald Porter, a 47-year-old transient who was on probation for burglary—and arrested him for passing a counterfeit bill and a traffic warrant. Follow-up investigation led to the discovery that Mr. Porter passed counterfeit $100 bills at two additional businesses in the Village.  If you believe your business has been a victim of Mr. Porter, contact Claremont police at (909) 399-5411.


[Matthew Bramlett was on vacation this week. A more complete Police Blotter will appear in the next edition.]

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