Police blotter 8-23-19

Tuesday, August 13

Between August 12 at 8:15 p.m. and August 13 at noon, three suspects entered Extra Space Storage at 525 W. Arrow Highway through a pedestrian gate, burglarized five storage units and left with an unknown amount of goods, Lt. Jason Walters of the Claremont Police Department said. The men were described only as Hispanic, while there was no description of the woman.


Police are looking into a bizarre incident. It started on the 700 block of San Jose Avenue, when a woman got into the car of a man she met on a dating app and went northbound to College Avenue and First Street. She left her car parked on San Jose Avenue, Lt. Walters said. Once they arrived to First and College, the woman got out of the man’s car, but he took off with her car keys and purse in his car. Police were called, and found the victim’s car had been moved from San Jose Avenue to nearby Hendrix Avenue with nothing taken. Even the victim’s purse was found in her car. All that was missing were her car keys. 

Wednesday, August 14

A Pomona man was arrested after a Motel 6 employee witnessed him swinging a stick while yelling and talking to himself, Lt. Walters said. When police arrived around 1 a.m., they found 36-year-old Ernesto Huerta was under the influence of a controlled substance and had a meth pipe in his pocket. He was arrested.

Thursday, August 15

Gerardo Moreno, 44, was stopped around 1 a.m. at 555 W. Foothill Boulevard because he was riding his bicycle without a headlight, Lt. Walters said. After a search, police found a baggie of meth, and he was arrested for possession.


Police arrested 26-year-old Nicholas Eppley after he was found carrying bolt cutters near bike racks at the Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St. Mr. Eppley was discovered around 6 a.m., and police found he was on probation for possession of burglary tools. He later cited out.


A man was driving his silver 2003 Honda Civic in the area of Sixth Street and College Avenue around 1 p.m. when he noticed another man trying to hitchhike, Lt. Walters said. Thinking he was a student, the victim pulled over to offer the him a ride. Instead, the man pulled out a knife, forced the victim out of the driver’s seat and sped away in the car. The victim suffered minor injuries and scratches after trying to hold onto the door of his car. The suspect was described as an African-American male, around 20 to 22 years old with brown hair and brown eyes. The car’s license plate number is 5CRL665.


A man was arrested at Motel 6 on suspicion of domestic violence after the victim called police claiming she had been punched in the face and body. When police arrived around 7 p.m., they found the 41-year-old victim had red marks and bruising consistent with her allegations, Lt. Walters said. The 40-year-old suspect was arrested and taken to CPD jail.

Friday, August 16

Police arrested 29-year-old Ian Eichten around 1 a.m. in the Sprouts parking lot after he was determined to be under the influence of an unknown substance. He was taken to CPD jail, where he was cited out after detox.

Sunday, August 18

Around 4 a.m., an officer on patrol in the Village saw a suspicious person loitering near Hendrick’s Pharmacy, the site of multiple burglaries in the past few months. Once the suspect saw the officer, he fled on foot, police said. During a search, another officer saw a suspicious vehicle in the area and followed it. Moments later, the vehicle accelerated to a high rate of speed south on Indian Hill Boulevard. A pursuit continued to the westbound 10 freeway, but the suspect got away. He is described as male, around five feet, nine inches tall and 170 pounds wearing a navy blue hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, black shoes and a moustache. He was driving a black Jeep SUV. Anyone with information should call the Claremont Police Department.


A set of golf clubs worth around $1,850 was taken from an open garage at a home on the 800 block of Manchester. Between 4 p.m. on August 18 and 8 a.m. on August 19, the unknown suspect entered the garage and took the clubs and a $100 golf club bag before fleeing undetected.

—Matthew Bramlett


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