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Police Blotter 6-14-19

Tuesday, June 4

Around $700 worth of staging furniture was apparently stolen from a home on the 700 block of Miramar. Just after the home, which is currently for sale, was shown to prospective buyers around 4:30 p.m., an unknown suspect went in and took a couch and a mirror, Lt. Jason Walters of the Claremont Police Department said. There was no sign of forced entry, and police have no suspect description.

 

Wednesday, June 5

Claremont police arrested a man in connection with a battery and strong-arm robbery that occurred on May 5. Joe Llamas, a 28-year-old Claremont man, is accused of committing battery on a relative during an altercation on the 600 block of College Avenue and forcibly taking the victim’s cell phone before fleeing. A warrant was issued for Mr. Llamas, and he was found in Ontario on June 5 and arrested on suspicion of battery and robbery.

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A Pomona man was arrested for drugs and warrants at the Claremont Lodge. Officers were on a welfare check at the motel around 5 a.m. when they found 36-year-old Jose Negrete, who had five warrants out for his arrest. Mr. Negrete initially gave a false name to police, and officers determined he was under the influence and in possession of a meth pipe, Lt. Walters said. He was arrested and taken to CPD jail.

 

Thursday, June 6

Two cars were broken into at the Claremont Village Apartments on the 900 block of Arrow Highway. Between 1:50 and 1:58 a.m., an unknown suspect smashed the windows of two cars, taking a credit card holder worth $15 from one car and a pair of headphones worth $10 in the other, Lt. Walters said. A witness saw the second break-in, but could only describe the suspect as a Hispanic man leaving the scene in an unknown sedan.

 

Friday, June 7

A Pomona man was arrested after allegedly being found with meth and a meth pipe in Blaisdell Park. Officers were on foot patrol in the park around 2 a.m. when they found 25-year-old Alfonso Diaz, who was in the park with an unidentified female. During a search, police found the drugs, and Mr. Diaz was taken into custody. The woman was not arrested.

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Police arrested a man after catching him behind the wheel of a stolen car. Around 6:10 a.m., police ran a plate on a black 1999 Honda Civic near Wharton Drive and Cambridge Avenue and discovered it was stolen, Lt. Walters said. The driver, 26-year-old Christian Hernandez, was taken into custody without incident on suspicion of grand theft auto.

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A 17-year-old girl is in hot water after apparently crashing her car into a tree and leaving the scene. A witness saw the girl collide into a city tree on the 300 block of Sycamore Avenue around 2:30 p.m., Lt. Walters said. Police eventually found the car, complete with front-end damage, at a home on the 300 block of West Point Drive. Police determined the teen was also driving without a license. She was arrested, booked on misdemeanor hit and run and driving without a license charges, and released to her parents.

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A purse containing a wallet, ID card and $400 in cash was swiped from a car parked in front of the Sprint Store on Auto Center Drive. Between 2:15 and 3:15 p.m., the unknown thief reached into the open window of the car and took the purse and fled in an unknown direction. Police are investigating.

 

Saturday, June 8

A San Diego man was arrested for DUI and hit and run after he allegedly backed into another car while leaving the Denny’s parking lot. After the collision occurred around 2:30 a.m., police caught up with 21-year-old Douglas Flowers at BC Café, where he was determined to be under the influence of alcohol and arrested.

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Nearly $1,000 worth of goods was taken from a car near the corner of Shelter Grove and Turning Bend Drive between 9 and 10 a.m. The unidentified thief smashed the passenger side window of the car and took a purse with multiple credit cards inside, Lt. Walters said. The cards were used at locations in San Dimas and Glendora. Police are investigating.

 

Sunday, June 9

Two men were arrested after getting caught with a stolen BMW 328i. Officers pulled the Bimmer over near Towne Avenue and Arrow Highway around 3 a.m., Lt. Walters said. The driver, 30-year-old Rafael Juarez, allegedly had a meth pipe on him and a warrant. The passenger initially gave a false name to police, but was later identified as 40-year-old Javier Carmona of Pomona. Both were arrested and taken to CPD jail.

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A Claremont man was arrested on a domestic battery charge following an incident on the 2200 block of Oxford Avenue. Police were called to the home around 4:30 a.m., and determined that 58-year-old John Steevens allegedly “used physical force” against the female victim, Lt. Walters said. She was not transported to the hospital. Mr. Steevens was arrested and taken to CPD jail.

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Another man was arrested for domestic battery, this time at the Knight’s Inn. Police were called to the motel around 10:40 p.m. regarding a battery between two people. After an investigation, 21-year-old Anthony Marin of Upland was arrested for battery after getting into a “physical altercation” with the female victim, Lt. Walters said. The victim was not taken to a hospital.

—Matthew Bramlett

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