Police blotter 1-18-19

Tuesday, January 8

Police are looking for a truck that was stolen off the lot of John Elway Chrysler Jeep Dodge. An employee arriving to work around 6 a.m. saw a gray 2009 GMC truck, a recent trade-in with one set of keys, being driven off the lot by someone they did not recognize, according to Sgt. Robert Ewing of the Claremont Police Department. The truck was last seen going eastbound on Auto Center Drive. There is no suspect description, and police are investigating.


Claremont police rescued a 17-year-old girl at Motel 6 who may have been a victim of human trafficking. After getting a tip from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, officers went to the motel around 2 p.m. and found the girl, who was a reported runaway from Kentucky, Sgt. Ewing said. The girl was in one room with a 17-year-old boy, and four adults were in an adjacent room. Two of the adults were arrested—39-year-old Shauna Smith of Pomona on suspicion of possessing meth and being under the influence, and 22-year-old Robbie Wooten on an arrest warrant. The girl was taken into protective custody.


Police are investigating a burglary and car theft at a home on the 400 block of Vista Drive. Between January 2 at noon and January 8 at 10 p.m., an unknown burglar pried open a sliding glass door, taking a television, jewelry and cash and fleeing in the victim’s 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC, Sgt. Ewing said. The car was found abandoned near the intersection of Drake Street and Covecrest Way in Pomona on Thursday, January 10, and police believe it was used to transport the other stolen goods. Anyone with information should call the Claremont Police Department at (909) 399-5411.

Wednesday, January 9

Officers in the area of Motel 6 and the Chevron/McDonalds saw a Honda CRV with no license plates leaving the motel around 11:37 a.m. When they tried to pull the driver over, the Honda took off, leading police on a pursuit eastbound on the 10 freeway, south on Monte Vista, east on Palo Verde and south on Central Avenue, Sgt. Ewing said. The pursuit was called off due to safety concerns after the Honda began driving on the wrong side of the road. Police went back to the motel and found a room where the driver was seen. A woman, 46-year-old Amy Messer of Ontario, was there, along with a folder containing the personal information of 20 people and a meth pipe. Ms. Messer was arrested on suspicion of identity theft and possession. The two occupants of the Honda remain at large.

Thursday, January 10

Between 7:40 a.m. and 2:15 p.m., a burglar entered a home on the 2400 block of San Diego Court through a side panel window adjacent to a pair of French doors. The doors were alarm-activated, but the windows were not, Sgt. Ewing said. The burglar ransacked a bedroom upstairs and left with an unknown amount of jewelry. Police are investigating.

Friday, January 11

Between 3:30 p.m. on January 10 and 4 p.m. on January 11, a burglar entered a home on the 700 block of Ninth Street by opening the unlocked door of the victim’s car and using the garage door opener. While several filing cabinets were looked through, nothing seemed to be taken. Police are investigating.


An Ontario woman was arrested for DUI after crashing into a car as she was leaving the First Street Parking Structure. Arisbe Quintero, 21, was driving north on Oberlin Avenue when she collided with another car, Sgt. Ewing said. When police arrived at the scene, Ms. Quintero allegedly blew a .23 BAC. Nobody was injured in the collision, and Ms. Quintero was arrested and taken to CPD jail.

Saturday, January 12

Another car was broken into at the Evey Canyon turnout. Between 3:45 p.m. and 4:45 p.m., an unknown thief smashed two windows on the victim’s Honda Civic, taking a backpack, reading glasses, clothing and books. There is no suspect information.

Sunday, January 13

A 15-year-old Pomona boy was arrested for DUI. Around 4:45 a.m. Police found a car with collision damage on top of some rocks near the intersection of Mount Baldy Road and Mills Avenue. The 15-year-old driver was asleep at the wheel, and a 17-year-old boy was standing near the car. The driver was combative, Sgt. Ewing said, repeatedly telling officers to “shut up.” He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of an unknown depressant drug.


Yet another car was broken into at the Evey Canyon turnout. Around 8:15 a.m., the unknown burglar smashed the rear driver’s side window of the victim’s Lexus, taking a purse and a wallet. Police are investigating.


A car owner suffered a bout of bad luck when her car was broken into twice this week. On January 11, a burglar shattered the front passenger window of the victim’s car. Two days later, the car was again broken into on the 500 block of Indian Hill Boulevard. The car’s owner apparently hadn’t replaced the window from the previous burglary, and the thief went in and took the victim’s wallet. Police are investigating.

Monday, January 14

Police arrested an Ontario man on drug charges after he was seen trespassing on Pitzer College property. Around 3 a.m., Campus Safety noticed 31-year-old Michael Nides checking door handles and looking into windows at Scott Hall. Claremont police were called, and Mr. Nides allegedly had meth and a meth pipe on him. He was arrested, taken to CPD jail and cited out.

—Matthew Bramlett


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