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Police blotter 6.16.12

Thursday, June 7

A homeowner in the 2000 block of Cape Cod Court was given a shock after finding a man crouched below a shattered bedroom window. The owner heard the sound of breaking glass around 8:45 a.m. and ran to the bedroom to locate the source. Upon being discovered, the man attempting to break-and-enter fled in a gray 4-door car with no hubcaps. He is described as a white male about 25 years old, 5 foot, 9 inches tall, with blond hair and a goatee.

 

Friday, June 8

Police found what appeared to be a solo car crash on Grand Avenue north of Base Line Road early Tuesday morning, but it was only part of the story. Claremont police found the car with front-end damage, parked with its wheels up on the sidewalk, around 4:50 a.m. Both the driver—Ralph Monday, 23—and passenger, complaining of headaches, gave police conflicting stories as to what had occurred, according to Lieutenant Shelly Vander Veen.

At a second crash site nearby, a woman told a California Highway Patrol officer on scene that she was the victim of a hit-and-run. Upon investigation, police determined the driver of the crash on Grand to be the one responsible for the hit-and-run. Mr. Monday was also found to be under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested for driving under the influence and the hit-and-run.

 

Sunday, June 10

A black marker was a giveaway for 3 teens’ involvement in acts of vandalism at Wheeler Park Sunday evening. Police were notified of juveniles tagging the bleachers, handball wall and storage unit. Police found the teens sitting at the park with an abandoned black marker on the ground nearby. They admitted to the tagging and, after being cited and taken to the Claremont Police Department, were later released to parents.

 

Tuesday, June 12

A suspicious man hanging around outside the Kiddie Academy, 663 E. Foothill Blvd., Tuesday morning caught the attention of employees. Police responded and arrested Ernest Gardner, 38, of Pomona, found to be under the influence of controlled substance, on parole for possession of methamphetamine and with an outstanding warrant for a Claremont municipal violation.

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A 20-year-old victim helped lead Claremont police to the capture of 2 crooks. The woman was standing on the sidewalk outside of Wolfe’s Market, 160 W. Foothill Blvd., when the female passenger of a gold Ford Focus forcibly grabbed the victim’s cell phone out of her hand before the car quickly sped away.

The victim provided the vehicle’s license plate number to police, who were able to identify the crooks and place the car on a “wanted list.” The next day, Corona police contacted Claremont officers after finding the vehicle in their city. Claremont police responded and arrested Elizabeth Brown, 35, of Corona, and Calvin Smock, 31, of Pomona. Unfortunately, the stolen cell phone has not been located. Ms. Brown is being held at the Claremont jail for $50,000 bail while Mr. Smock is being held without bail due to his status as a parolee at large.

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A 31-year-old man was arrested after being found setting up house in a vacant dorm room at Berger Hall, 413 E. Sixth St.

Jason Herd, of San Francisco, had previously been contacted by police about trespassing onto the Claremont Colleges campuses, but ignored the warnings. He was arrested for the trespassing.

—Beth Hartnett

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