Police blotter 6.2.12

Thursday, May 24

A 26-year-old Montclair man’s crime didn’t go over quite as expected Thursday afternoon. Daniel Salas entered the Starbucks at 201 Yale Ave. and asked the barista for a glass of water. As the barista was distracted, Mr. Salas grabbed a couple of music discs on display. He left and immediately went over to Rhino Records to sell the CDs, but the music store did not accept the sale. Meanwhile, the barista had noticed Mr. Salas take the merchandise and called the Claremont police, who found him outside the record store. Mr. Salas admitted to the $28.17 swindle and was arrested for burglary.


Friday, May 25

Claremont College construction took a significant hit last week. Property worth over $10,000 was stolen from a construction site located at Foothill and Claremont Boulevards. The thief, who remains unknown, stole saws, a nail gun and other construction equipment.


A man arrested for indecent exposure at a Claremont public park Friday afternoon claimed he was only indulging himself on his way home from work. However, that was only part of the unusual police report taken around 3:45 p.m. in the 100 block of Sweetbriar Drive. Jason Bray, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga was found masturbating in the park wearing only a pair of pink high heels. Mr. Bray said he was on his way home from work in Pasadena when he decided to stop at the park with an urge to masturbate. He has no other connection to Claremont.


Saturday, May 26

A picklock was apparently left unsatisfied after breaking into the vacated Harvard Square Cafe between Saturday, May 26, at 10 p.m. and 9 a.m. the following day. The alarm keypad had been forcefully removed from the wall and smashed to pieces on the floor. Other than the keypad, there was no damage to the building and no items reported stolen. There is no suspect at this time.


Sunday, May 27

A false alarm landed a Santa Monica man in jail Sunday night. Police responded to Sprouts Farmers Market at 835 W. Foothill Blvd. around 10 p.m. regarding a suspicious man sleeping at a table. When police awoke Ronald Stark, 50, he asked for a paramedic to be called for a medical condition he would not disclose to police. The paramedics were called, but when they arrived Mr. Stark was uncooperative and verbally abusive to the first responders, according to Lt. Vander Veen. It was determined that Mr. Stark did not have a medical condition and instead was found to be under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested for public intoxication and held at the Claremont jail to detox.

Monday, May 28

Just hours before volunteers and runners descended on Pomona College for the Run for the Red, police were called to campus for a different and unexpected occasion. Witnesses contacted police after seeing a reported dumpster fire near Carnegie Hall at 425 N. College Ave. A large pile of carpet was found on fire in the middle of the parking lot. The fire department responded and extinguished the fire, but no suspects or further evidence have been found at this time.

—Beth Hartnett


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