Police blotter 12-7-18

Tuesday, November 27

Two people were arrested after getting caught driving a stolen car, with one admitting to committing a car burglary in Evey Canyon. Police were staking out the embattled turnout around 10:30 a.m. when they noticed a man and a woman looking into cars before leaving. Officers pulled their car over near Padua Avenue and Trivecca Place, and the car had paper plates and was reported stolen, Lt. Jason Walters of the Claremont Police Department said. The driver, 52-year-old Kimberly Lucero of Riverside, was allegedly in possession of meth and a “window punch,” which is used to shatter car windows. She later admitted to police she had broken into a car at the Evey turnout, but could not tell them when. The passenger, 42-year-old Roy Talley of Riverside, also had a window punch on him and was on post-release supervision for vehicle theft. Both were arrested and taken to CPD jail.

Wednesday, November 28

A Pomona man was arrested in connection with a burglary from December 2017 after police received a DNA match. The burglary occurred on the 3700 block of Padua Avenue, where around $25,000 worth of property was taken, Lt. Walters said. DNA recovered from the scene allegedly matched 49-year-old Matthew Oldford, who was arrested by Pomona police on November 28. He was booked at the Claremont Police Department jail on suspicion of burglary.


Officers were called to Starbucks on the 800 block of south Indian Hill Boulevard around 1:20 p.m. after a customer, Rudy Orcasitas, wouldn’t leave the restroom. He was determined to be under the influence, and he was arrested and taken to CPD jail, where he was released after sobering up.


Two more cars were broken into at the Evey Canyon turnout. The burglaries occurred between 1:15 p.m. and 1:40 p.m., Lt. Walters said. The first car, a Nissan Pathfinder, had its window smashed, with the unknown burglar taking a multi-colored bag containing a license and $40 in cash. The burglar then smashed the window of an adjacent Honda, where $240 worth of goods was stolen, including a black leather bag and textbooks. Police are investigating. 


A Los Angeles man was arrested after police caught him driving a stolen car. Officers pulled over a 2018 Dodge van near Bonita Avenue and Indian Hill around 9:45 p.m. after a license plate reader picked it up as stolen out of Los Angeles. The driver, 27-year-old Daron Polk, was arrested on suspicion of grand theft auto and taken to CPD jail.

Friday, November 30

Police contacted 21-year-old Carlos Perez as he was walking near Towne Avenue and Base Line Road around 12:45 a.m. Mr. Perez admitted to having a meth pipe on him, and police determined he was under the influence as well. He was arrested and taken to jail.


Police are looking for whoever stole a money bag from Eye of Buddha. The theft occurred some time between November 21 and November 30, Lt. Walters said, when the thief stole the bag from behind a counter. The contents included checkbooks, a passport and an unknown amount of cash. Anyone with information should call the Claremont Police Department.

Saturday, December 1

A Beverly Hills man was arrested after he allegedly pushed a Campus Safety officer during a college party. An argument between 21-year-old Henry Mitz and the officer escalated to the point where Mr. Mitz reportedly pushed the officer, Lt. Walters said. Mr. Mitz was arrested for battery and public intoxication and taken to CPD jail.


Four people were arrested in connection with a November 26 burglary at the Evey Canyon turnout. Maria Martinez, 20, from Azusa, 37-year-old Veronica Gonzales of Azusa, 36-year-old Charles Ayala of San Dimas and 36-year-old Marco Martinez of Azusa were taken into custody after their car was pulled over near the turnout on December 1, Lt. Walters said.

The four are accused of breaking into a car and taking, among other items, the victim’s credit card. Surveillance footage from the Upland Walmart showed two of the suspects, purportedly Ms. Martinez and Ms. Gonzales, making purchases with the stolen card.

Ms. Martinez was arrested on suspicion of burglary and ID theft; Ms. Gonzales was arrested on suspicion of burglary, ID theft and possession of burglary tools; Mr. Ayala initially gave a false name to police and was arrested for burglary and driving with a suspended license; and Mr. Martinez was arrested for burglary, possession of burglary tools and possession of a meth pipe.

Sunday, December 2

Officers on a foot patrol near the Chevron/McDonalds contacted two men—32-year-old Rajaii Tashman and 25-year-old Kevin Tes standing near a car in the parking lot around 11 a.m. Mr. Tashman was allegedly in possession of multiple drugs for sale, including meth, Xanax, cocaine and marijuana, and had a loaded 40-caliber Glock 23 in his waistband, Lt. Walters said. Mr. Tes was allegedly in possession of a meth pipe. Mr. Tashman was arrested on suspicion of possession of narcotics while armed and possession of drugs for sale. Mr. Tes was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Monday, December 3

A Pomona man was arrested in connection with a burglary that occurred in November. The initial burglary happened between November 17 and November 18, when the thief entered a detached garage and took a bicycle and tools. The suspects’ vehicle was identified, and was found near La Verne Avenue and Crystal Place in Pomona, Lt. Walters said. The driver, 27-year-old Cesar Acevedo, reportedly confessed to the burglary, and was also in possession of meth. He was arrested and taken to CPD jail.

—Matthew Bramlett



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