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Police blotter 1-25-19

Tuesday, January 15

Two people were arrested after a car check at the Claremont Lodge yielded illegal drugs. An officer was conducing a routine check in the parking lot of the motel around 1 p.m. and saw three people sitting in a car. One of them, 62-year-old Steven Uhrig of Pomona, was in possession of methamphetamine, a pipe, and a scale, Lt. Walters said. One of the passengers, 37-year-old Stacia Hobson of Pomona, was allegedly in possession of a pipe. Mr. Uhrig was arrested for possession with intent to sell, and Ms. Hobson was arrested for possession of paraphernalia. The third occupant was not arrested.

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A home under renovation was burglarized between 4:30 p.m. on January 15 and 8 a.m. on January 16. The suspect entered the home on the 700 block of Via San Simon by cutting the lockbox on the front door. A paint sprayer valued at $900 was taken. There was no suspect information.

Wednesday, January 16

An unidentified burglar pried open the rear bathroom window of a home on the 400 block of Miramar Avenue between 8:45 and 11:45 a.m., Lt. Walters said. Once inside, the burglar ransacked several rooms before fleeing with an unknown amount of property.

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Police are looking into an incident involving two mailboxes at the Claremont Post Office that were forced open by an unidentified suspect. The incident happened between 5 p.m. on January 16 and 5 a.m. on January 17, and miscellaneous mail was taken from both boxes. 

Thursday, January 17

Police are investigating a hit-and-run incident at the intersection of Bonita and Cambridge. The victim was walking in the crosswalk around 5:20 a.m. when she was hit by a driver, who kept driving south on Cambridge. She sustained injuries to her knees and thumb, but was not transported to a hospital. There was no description available for the car or driver.

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Around $2,000 worth of property was taken from a home on the 600 block of west 11th Street. Between 1 p.m. on January 14 and 10:45 a.m. on January 17, the thief smashed the window on a side door, unlocked it and rummaged through several rooms. Taken was a laptop valued at $1,100, as well as gift cards, jewelry, clothing, boots, a backpack, a wallet, a purse, a makeup bag and miscellaneous coins. No suspect information was available.

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Around $48,000 worth of cash and watches was taken from a home on Armstrong Drive. The break-in happened between 12:30 and 4:30 p.m., The burglar entered through an unlocked window, Lt. Walters said. Around $8,000 in cash was taken, as well as $40,000 worth of men’s watches. There is no suspect information.

Friday, January 18

Between 8 and 9 p.m. in a home on the 2200 block of north Mills Avenue, 38-year-old Joseph Tapia of Claremont allegedly choked a male victim, threatened to kill him and attempted to cut him with a kitchen knife, Lt. Walters said. It is unknown what started the fight. Mr. Tapia was arrested and taken to CPD jail. Mr. Tapia was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and making criminal threats.

Saturday, January 19

Police are investigating a break-in at 85 Degrees Bakery. Around 3:18 a.m., a security guard noticed a white four-door car in front of the café and three suspects exiting the car with a sledgehammer in hand. The suspects smashed the front glass door, entered and ransacked the business, got back into the car and fled the scene, according to a Claremont Police Department release. Officers searched the area for the car, but it wasn’t located.

The suspects were described as men with thin builds, wearing dark-colored pants and hooded sweatshirts cinched over their faces. The vehicle was similar to a white Nissan Versa. Anyone with information is urged to call the Claremont Police Department at (909) 399-5411.

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Four people were arrested after police located a stolen 2001 Toyota Corolla near San Jose Avenue and Indian Hill Boulevard. When police pulled the driver over around 2 a.m., they arrested 58-year-old Richard Baxter, for possessing a stolen vehicle. The other three people in the car had warrants out for their arrest, and were taken into custody.

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Five units at Extra Space Storage were broken into between 2 a.m. on January 18 and 3 p.m. on January 19. Two men were seen on video surveillance entering the storage business at 525 W. Arrow Highway and prying open the units, Lt. Walters said. It is unknown what was taken.

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A home on the 700 block of Northwestern was burglarized on Saturday night. A burglar forced open the rear window to the home, which is currently under construction, and took an air compressor worth $200. Police are investigating.

Sunday, January 20

Police are looking into a burglary from a detached garage of a home on the 1400 block of Morton Circle. Between January 5 and January 20, the suspect took two sets of rims and tires from the garage, which had a total value of $2300. There is no suspect information available.

—Matthew Bramlett

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