Police blotter 7-5-19

Tuesday, June 25

Just before 2 p.m., police pulled over the driver of a Toyota Corolla near Indian Hill Boulevard and Santa Fe Street and found it was reported stolen out of Ontario two days earlier, Det. Matt Hamill of the Claremont Police Department said. The driver, 26-year-old Raymond Castro of Pomona, was arrested on suspicion of stealing the car. Police also allegedly found meth and a meth pipe in his possession.


A passport card, registration and tools were stolen from a parked truck on the 900 block of west Arrow Highway. The break-in happened around 6 a.m., Det. Hamill said. No suspect information was available; the total loss was around $435.

Wednesday, June 26

Early in the morning, a car was burglarized on the 500 block of west San Jose Avenue, but the contents were later found discarded near the scene, Sgt. Brian Thompson of the Claremont Police Department said. Video surveillance showed a female suspect, who was known to police. A crime bulletin was created, and the suspect, 24-year-old Alexis Frenes of Pomona, was located at BC Café and arrested. Burglary tools, including a window punch, were allegedly found on her. Police later discovered that Ms. Frenes had discarded contraband prior to her arrest, and when they went back to the scene, they found a loaded .22 caliber handgun in a grassy knoll near the café. Ms. Frenes later confessed to possessing the gun prior to her arrest, police said.


Officers arrived to the Village Starbucks on Yale Avenue just after 8 p.m. after they received a call of a man on a bicycle “harassing and intimidating customers” at the coffee shop, Det. Hamill said. Once 51-year-old Vincent Trejo of La Verne was located, police found meth and a meth pipe. He was arrested and taken to CPD jail.

Thursday, June 27

Around 8:45 p.m., car driven by 23-year-old Alyssa Ochoa allegedly rear-ended another car that was waiting at a stoplight at the intersection of Base Line Road and Monte Vista Avenue. Instead of stopping to exchange information, Ms. Ochoa reportedly took off, and another witness followed the car while notifying police, Det. Hamill said. Ms. Ochoa was found in the area of Miramar and Mills Avenues, and was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol. She was arrested for DUI and hit and run, and a passenger in the car, 21-year-old Diana Ek of San Bernardino, was arrested for public intoxication.


Police arrested a La Verne man on suspicion of stealing a 2002 Chevy Cavalier. Officers located the stolen car at Base Line Road and Monte Vista Avenue around 10:53 p.m. and pulled over the driver near Padua Avenue and Mount Baldy Road. The driver, 27-year-old Victor Villaloboz, was arrested on suspicion of stealing the car, as well as possession of meth and a meth pipe.

Friday, June 28

Another stolen vehicle was found in Claremont, this time a Ford F-250. Police found the car parked on the 300 block of Indian Hill Boulevard around 12:43 a.m. Two people were inside the truck, and the driver, 21-year-old Aaliyah Snow of Fontana, was arrested on suspicion of stealing the car. A 19-year-old man inside the truck was arrested on a warrant.

Saturday, June 29

Six community mailboxes on the 500 block of Wayland Court were broken into sometime between June 27 and June 29. It’s currently unknown what was taken, and there is no suspect information available.


A Grand Terrace man almost pulled off the escape of the year after he slipped out of a police car while being arrested. When police initially contacted 34-year-old Thomas Schaffer on the 500 block of Foothill Boulevard around 1 p.m., he gave a false name to officers, had a warrant out for his arrest and was allegedly in possession of a hypodermic needle, Det. Hamill said. He was handcuffed by police and placed in a squad car. As officers were searching his property, Mr. Schaffer crawled out of an open back window of the car and ran from the scene. He was later located in the Colleges at Sixth and Mills, still in handcuffs, and taken into custody.

Monday, July 1

At approximately 2 a.m., an unknown suspect pried a glass pane from the front door of Hendricks Pharmacy at 137 Harvard Ave., and stole a plastic display containing lottery tickets, police said. The suspect fled on foot in a unknown direction, and was wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt and dark-colored pants. Anyone with information should call the Claremont Police Department at (909) 399-5411.

—Matthew Bramlett


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