Police blotter 4-19-19

Tuesday, April 9

A brown and white Pomeranian dog was snatched from a home on Springfield Street. Between 6 a.m. and 630 p.m., the unknown burglar entered through an unlocked window by removing the screen, according to Lt. Jason Walters of the Claremont Police Department. Nothing else was taken except for dog, who was named Bill and who was valued at $1,000. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Claremont Police Department at (909) 399-5411.

Wednesday, April 10

Three would-be burglars tried to break into a home on the 2600 block of Bonnie Brae, but were scared off when the homeowner returned. The thieves smashed the rear sliding glass door of the home around 11 a.m., but fled the scene in a compact car when the owners arrived, Lt. Walters said. Nothing was taken from the home. The first suspect was described as a Hispanic man about five feet, eight inches tall and 170 pounds with black hair. The second suspect was African-American, five feet, 10 inches tall and 160 pounds and the third suspect was described as African-American, six feet tall and 160 pounds. Police are investigating.

Thursday, April 11

Two men were arrested on drug charges at the Chevron-McDonalds at 860 S. Indian Hill. Around 4 a.m., an officer was on a routine patrol in the center when they came across 49-year-old Lorenzo Pleydle of Ontario and 23-year-old Gabriel Ortega of Pomona. Mr. Pleydle was on parole for burglary, and he allegedly dropped a bag of meth onto the ground during contact. Mr. Ortega was on probation for assault with a deadly weapon, and was also allegedly in possession of meth. Both were arrested and taken to CPD jail.


More meth was found in Claremont, this time in the parking lot of the DoubleTree Hotel. Hotel staff called police around 1 p.m. regarding a suspicious person leaving the hotel, Lt. Walters said. In the parking lot, officers found 41-year-old Wesley Johnson of Chino by his car. Mr. Johnson had a warrant, and a search allegedly yielded a bag of meth. He was arrested and taken to CPD jail.


A burglar tried to break into a home on the 900 block of Deep Springs Drive, but left empty-handed. Around 10:20 p.m., the unknown suspect shattered the living room window and a window to the guest bedroom, but did not make entry, Lt. Walters said. The homeowners were out of town at the time of the incident.


Friday, April 12

Two people were arrested in the parking lot of the Claremont Lodge after police found ammunition and drugs. Around 1:15 a.m., officers on patrol saw two men, 37-year-old Elias Dawson of Pomona and 31-year-old Aaron Powell, inside a car with what looked like a handgun, but turned out to be a replica airsoft gun, Lt. Walters said. However, a magazine and around 25 rounds of ammunition allegedly belonging to Mr. Powell were discovered in the car, as well as meth. Mr. Powell also had a no-bail warrant for his arrest, and Mr. Dawson had six warrants himself. Both were arrested and taken to CPD jail.


A Moreno Valley man was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, resisting arrest and for being under the influence of drugs. Around 2:30 a.m., Claremont and Pomona police were called to the area of Sumner Avenue and Berrian Street regarding a possible domestic disturbance, Lt. Walters said. At the scene, police attempted to arrest 31-year-old Jesus Rios in connection with domestic battery on a 43-year-old woman, but Mr. Rios resisted arrest and was believed to be under the influence of drugs. He was later taken to a hospital due to a “medical issue” involving the drugs. The victim was not harmed.

Saturday, April 13

A homeless man was arrested after he admitted to setting a fire in a dumpster behind Super King. Police were called to the scene around 7 a.m. after witnesses saw the 20-year-old man start the blaze. The man admitted to the crime, and allegedly told police, “jail is better than being on the streets,” Lt. Walters said.


A home on the 1400 block of Fergus Falls was broken into sometime between April 10 and April 13. The burglars shattered the rear patio glass door, ransacked the home and left with a safe. The value of the safe is unknown, and there was no suspect information. The homeowners were out of town at the time of the burglary.

Sunday, April 14

A car parked on the 500 block of south Indian Hill Boulevard was broken into sometime between 11:30 p.m. on April 13 and 4:30 p.m. on April 14. Despite shattering the passenger window of the car and ransacking the interior, the thief left with nothing.


A Montclair man got his wish when he asked an officer to arrest him in front of the Claremont Police Department building. Around 10:20 p.m., 36-year-old Randy Lewis flagged down a passing police car and “made a statement that he wanted to go to jail,” Lt. Walters said. The officer noticed Mr. Lewis was under the influence of alcohol, and he was arrested for public intoxication and presumably walked to the CPD jail.

—Matthew Bramlett


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