Police blotter 8-9-19

Monday, July 29

A Baldwin Park man was arrested stemming from a burglary and domestic abuse incident on the 700 block of west San Jose. Between 1 a.m. and 9 a.m., the 26-year-old man entered his girlfriend’s house, took personal property belonging to her, and got into a “physical altercation” with the 29-year-old victim, Lt. Jason Walters of the Claremont Police Department said. The man was gone when police arrived, but was found in West Covina and arrested around 2 p.m. on suspicion of burglary and domestic battery. The victim was not injured.

Tuesday, July 30

Albert Roman, 26, was caught behind the wheel of a stolen 2018 Hyundai Elantra in the First Street parking structure around 12:45 p.m. The Elantra was reported stolen out of Pomona, and Mr. Roman was arrested on suspicion of grand theft auto.

Wednesday, July 31

A Sacramento man was arrested after police determined he was under the influence. Officers stopped 35-year-old Joshua Barendrecht while he was riding his bicycle on the 300 block of south Indian Hill Boulevard around 5 a.m., Lt. Walters said. Mr. Barendrecht was determined by officers to be on an unknown drug, and he was taken to CPD jail, where he was released after detox.


Another car was broken into at the Evey Canyon turnout. Between 5:45 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., an unknown burglar smashed the rear driver’s side window of the victim’s car and took a laptop and a gym bag worth around $2,000. No suspect information was available.

Thursday, August 1

Claremont Pharmacy fell victim to a brazen early-morning burglary. Between 5:13 a.m. and 6 a.m., the two burglars broke into the adjacent business, Claremont Nails, and broke through the drywall into the pharmacy, where they stole an unknown amount of cash and miscellaneous prescription drugs, Lt. Walters said. The description of the burglars is scarce—one was listed as a six-foot-tall man around 180 pounds, and the other had no description. Claremont Pharmacy was also robbed on July 6.


Police arrested a suspected bike thief one day after a bike was stolen in front of the Claremont Library. The victim parked the Cannondale bicycle unsecured in front of the library on August 1, and it was stolen sometime between 1 p.m. and 4:50 p.m., Lt. Walters said. The bicycle was recovered a day later, when 29-year-old Steven Barragan was found with it at Blaisdell Park around 3 p.m. Mr. Barragan was arrested on suspicion of theft and for having a warrant. The bike was returned to its owner.


Another local bicycle owner was not as lucky. The victim parked their unsecured Cannondale Super Eagle bicycle in front of McDonalds on the 800 block of south Indian Hill Boulevard around 8:30 p.m. and an unknown thief stole it. The bicycle was worth around $2,000.

Friday, August 2

Four people were arrested, including one for DUI, at a checkpoint last Friday. The checkpoint, on Foothill Boulevard between Monte Vista Avenue and Claremont Boulevard, was set up between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m., according to Sgt. David Hardin. Aside from the one DUI, the other arrests included two people for driving with a suspended license and one for having warrants. Overall, 658 cars were screened during the checkpoint, Sgt. Hardin said.

Saturday, August 3

Parking woes in town are seemingly coming to a boiling point—a Claremont man was arrested on suspicion of vandalism after the victim says he backed into their car during a parking space dispute. The victim alleges that 40-year-old Kenneth Gray purposefully used his car to back into the victim’s car on the 200 block of west First Street around 10:30 a.m. Mr. Gray was arrested and cited out.


Police arrived to the 1600 block of north Towne Avenue around 12:30 p.m. and arrested a 31-year-old Upland man after noticing the victim suffered scratches and abrasions to her chest and neck area. The victim did not require medical attention. The man was booked for domestic violence and posted bond.

—Matthew Bramlett




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