Police blotter 5.26.12

Hesperia man leads Claremont police on lengthy pursuit

Despite repeated attempts to get away on Sunday, May 20, a Hesperia man failed to escape a police pursuit that began in Claremont. Police located a stolen vehicle out of San Bernardino near the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Towne Avenue. Though the officer attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle, James Chilcote, 25, refused and led police on a lengthy pursuit, which eventually took to the east 210 freeway. Because of Mr. Chilcote’s erratic driving, Claremont police terminated the pursuit soon after.

Five minutes later, however, Upland police notified that Mr. Chilcote had exited on the Mountain Avenue exit, crashed on Foothill Boulevard and taken off on foot. Claremont police returned to the case, helping the Upland officers in setting up a perimeter near the crash site. A police helicopter was called to the scene to help find Mr. Chilcote.

As the police continued searching, the driver approached a nearby residence, where the homeowner was collecting his newspaper, according to Lt. Bennett. Mr. Chilcote, who later admitted he had defecated in his pants because of “the drugs and pursuit,” asked the homeowner to use the restroom and get a drink of water. He obliged. Mr. Chilcote then asked if the man would give him a ride. Again he agreed. It was while in transit that police located their suspect in the car, conducted a traffic stop and made the arrest. Mr. Chilcote was arrested for felony evading, grand theft and possession of a stolen vehicle.


Thursday, May 17

Claremont Colleges security is keeping busy since school let out a week ago. Three young adults beat campus safety to carting off bikes left behind by Claremont Colleges students. Campus Safety had attached the bikes left on campus with tickets warning that if left much longer the locks would be removed and the bikes taken into their possession. The 3 men were found driving off with 3 of those bikes, by forcibly removing them with bolt cutters found in the group’s possession. Arrested for the thefts was Robbie Acosta, 23, of Montclair, Daniel Rios Reveles, 21, of Pomona, and Angel Galvez, 22, of Lake Elsinore.


Saturday, May 19

Claremont police unintentionally  struck gold by finding a stolen car parked at the Claremont Lodge early Saturday. Through investigation, police linked the stolen white Honda to a Lodge hotel room around 4 a.m. Seven individuals, all from Pomona, were found inside the room. A series of arrests soon followed. A search of the room revealed a pair of brass knuckles. One of the occupants was then found to be on a missing persons list out of West Covina. Another individual—Gildardo Salazar, 18, of Pomona—was found in possession of a methamphetamine pipe and a 3-inch switchblade knife, and arrested, according to Watch Commander Lieutenant Karlan Bennett. Salvador Victoriano, 19, was found to have 3 outstanding warrants—2 for possession of stolen vehicles and one for trespassing on a college or university campus—and also arrested.

Upon being asked to leave the room, occupant Anthony Alvarado decided to grab the brass knuckles and place them in his pocket. He was then arrested for possession of the concealed weapon along with a warrant for a court violation. Because 7 people were in the room connected to the stolen vehicle, police were unable to identify who actually stole the car.


A vehicle break-and-enter in the 500 block of Pomello Drive Saturday morning left a car burglar $1300 richer. The burglar entered the gray 2010 Toyota Prius between 8 and 9:30 a.m. by shattering the rear passenger window. Stolen were a Coach purse and wallet, credit cards, cash, a cellphone and Chanel and Dior makeup. There are no suspects at this time.

Monday, May 21

Police are searching for a man who broke into Hendrix Pharmacy at 137 N. Harvard Ave., but stole only one bottle of medication. According to a crime report sent by the Claremont Chamber of Commerce, police originally arrived at the pharmacy because of an alarm activation. Officers checked the perimeter of the building and the inside through shop windows, but did not see anything out of place. The thief—described as a 40-year-old, bald, black male standing 5 feet, 5 inches, weighing 140 pounds tall with a gray shirt, black shorts and white shoes—had entered the pharmacy through the air-conditioning unit on the roof. Stolen was one bottle of thyroid medication. Information should be reported to the Claremont Police Department at 399-5411.

—Beth Hartnett


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