Police blotter 6-21-19

Wednesday, June 12

Nearly $400 was burglarized from a recycling center near Stater Bros. on Towne Avenue and Foothill Boulevard. Two unknown men arrived to the recycling center in a silver or tan Toyota Corolla sometime overnight between June 11 and June 12, Cpl. Jacob Tillman of the Claremont Police Department said. They gained access by unknown means and stole $392 in cash. Police are investigating.


A black 2019 Jeep Wrangler was stolen right off the lot at John Elway Chrysler Jeep Dodge on the 600 block of Auto Center Drive, Cpl. Tillman said. Police received the call at 3:50 p.m., but they believe the Jeep was stolen overnight. There are no suspect descriptions, and police are investigating.

Thursday, June 13

A storage room at the Padua Hills Theatre was burglarized overnight between June 12 and June 13. According to Cpl. Tillman, an unknown suspect forced open the locked door to the storage rom, which is attached to the theater but has its own entrance. It is unknown what was taken, but it is believed landscaping equipment was stored in the room.


A wallet was stolen from a car parked in front of a church on the 700 block of south Mills Avenue. Surveillance footage from the scene showed a man and a woman shattering the front passenger window of the car and taking the wallet between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Cpl. Tillman said. The man was described as Caucasian or Hispanic wearing a black shirt, black and white hat and dark jeans; the woman was described as Caucasian or Hispanic, with blonde hair wearing a black shirt and dark jeans.


Someone burglarized a home on the 100 block of Brown Drive. Between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., the unknown burglar apparently pushed in a previously broken window at the home, gaining entry and ransacking the house before leaving with an unknown amount of property. Police are investigating.


A San Dimas man was arrested on drug charges after police found him passed out in a car at the AM/PM at Foothill and Claremont Boulevards. Officers arrived to the location to do a welfare check on the man, identified as 26-year-old Tyler Pope. Mr. Pope was apparently unconscious, with a straw and a piece of tin foil in his lap. Mr. Pope told officers he had heroin, which was found in the car. He was arrested and taken to CPD jail.


A Claremont woman was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, and allegedly kicked an officer during the call. Police arrived to the scene around 11:30 p.m. and found a man in his 30s with visible injuries, Cpl. Tillman said. The suspect, 28-year-old Maria Gonzalez-Martinez, allegedly tried to flee upstairs from police, and when an officer tried to detain her, she kicked him in the chest. She was arrested and taken to CPD jail. The officer and the victim were not transported to hospitals.

Friday, June 14

Two women were arrested after getting caught behind the wheel of a stolen Nissan pickup truck. Police pulled over the truck near Indian Hill Boulevard and San Jose Avenue around 5:50 p.m., Cpl. Tillman said. The driver, 34-year-old Emma Placencia-Garcia of Whitter, was arrested on suspicion of grand theft auto, as well as possession of meth and a meth pipe, burglary tools and driving without a license. The passenger, 43-year-old Joann Gutierrez of Pomona, had a probation violation warrant.


Police found another stolen car later that evening on the 700 block of west San Jose Avenue. Officers pulled over the 2013 Kia Optima, which was driven by 30-year-old Abel Aguilar of Azusa. Mr. Aguilar was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft and possession of a meth pipe.

Monday, June 17

Someone burglarized Claremont Toyota on the 600 block of Auto Center Drive. The unknown suspect was able to pry open a large roll-up garage door and made it inside the location, but it’s currently unknown if anything was taken. There is no suspect information, and police are investigating.

—Matthew Bramlett


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